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West Ga. economic report released
West Ga. economic report released

CARROLLTON, Ga. -- The University of West Georgia's Center for Business and Economic Research has released its latest report for the west Georgia region.

The region includes six counties: Carroll, Coweta, Douglas, Haralson, Paulding and Polk.

Of those counties, only one -- Carroll -- saw an increase in unemployment since summer 2012.

"Although the unemployment rates for some counties have increased over the last few months, the increase has come as a result of more people entering the labor force, not fewer people being employed," Dr. William Smith, director of the center, said in a statement.

Smith added that the region has seen growth in the number of employers moving to the area, including a new Trident Seafoods processing facility in Carrollton and a Yamaha assembly plant in Newnan.

"(And) as we start to see people find employment, albeit slowly, this has helped to stabilize the housing market," Smith said. "We are seeing higher sale prices, shorter times on the market for houses for sale and more housing permits being issued."