Savannah Area Chamber holds economic luncheon

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - "2011 will not a be a booming year, but the recession is over." That was the message at the Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce luncheon.

Every year, the chamber hosts a big lunch, inviting people to come hear what the experts who have worked on the annual economic report have to say.

They economic area they were talking about includes Savannah and Chatham, Bryan and Efffingham counties.

"We're going to see stronger job growth than last year, still going to be slow. You're also going to see more job growth in more sectors than you did last year," said Robert Sumichrast from the Terry College of Business.

Three big industries are driving employment in the right direction, tourism, port activity and manufacturing.

Economists are expecting more private sector jobs. However, budget problems will still loom large over government employees. Overall unemployment should fall to just under eight percent this year.

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