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Sunday, February 21, 2010

Add It Up: Happy birthday, stimulus!

Posted By on Sun, Feb 21, 2010 at 4:56 PM

Amount from the federal stimulus package, in dollars, for research and development projects in Georgia: 123 million

Number of Georgians lifted above the poverty line by unemployment payment extensions and supplements funded by the stimulus package: 250,000

Cut of the stimulus package, in dollars, given to the Georgia Department of Transportation: 1.1 billion

Miles of Georgia roads that are going to be paved with stimulus money: 1,107

Overall jobs created or saved by Georgia's share of the stimulus package, according to the federal government: 24,681

Number of jobs overstated in the federal government's statistic, according to the AJC, due to the federal government's confusing calculation formulas: 1,500

Georgia's unemployment rate as of the end of last year: 10.3

Percentage of unemployed Georgians who are located in Metro Atlanta: 60

Promised stimulus funds, in dollars, Georgia has yet to receive: 2.7 billion

Sources: Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Georgia Budget and Policy Institute, Georgia Department of Labor, recovery.gov

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