News Release

Labor Market Is Focus of Business Newsletter

January 29, 2015

Brent Evans
Brent Evans is pictured on campus with the latest issue of “Business Analytics.”

The status of the workforce and labor market statistics of the Northwest Georgia region are the focus of the newest issue of “Business Analytics,” a biannual publication of the Center for Economic Research and Entrepreneurship of Dalton State College’s School of Business.

The newsletter, which is available both online and in print, contains an analysis of regional job growth since the Great Recession, labor statistics for Northwest Georgia, an article about labor market statistics, and a dashboard exploring employment and unemployment rates in 2013 and 2014. The articles are authored by business faculty members.

“Our goal is that ‘Business Analytics’ will serve as a way to give readers a quick snapshot of Northwest Georgia's economy and the endeavors of its citizens,” said Dr. Brent Evans, Assistant Professor of Economics and the newsletter’s editor.

Evans also penned one of the newsletter’s articles, entitled “Understanding Labor Market Statistics.” He provides graphs indicating the 10-year trends of these key labor market statistics.

“My article provides explanations of how key labor market data are calculated, and how it can be used to better understand job market conditions,” Evans said.

Dr. Larry Johnson, Dean of the School of Business, presents job market statistics in this issue that include super sectors in Northwest Georgia, super sectors in Georgia as a whole, a sector mix of Northwest Georgia versus Georgia, labor force activity, and education of the labor force.

The data explores conditions in the last few years, with a focus on specific sectors of the economy. The statistics allow for detailed analysis at the state and county-level.

“Business Analytics” can be viewed online at

The Center for Economic Research and Entrepreneurship is an outreach of the College’s School of Business that provides economic research and analysis to local businesses and economic developers. CERE sponsors a speaker series in addition to publishing the semi-annual newsletter.

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