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Savannah River Mill honored for 1M safe hours

Georgia-Pacific's Savannah River Mill recently achieved a significant safety milestone when it celebrated operating more than 1 million work hours without a lost-time accident. In recognition of the achievement, Georgia-Pacific Chief Executive Officer and President Jim Hannan presented employees with the company's CEO Safety Excellence award at a celebration lunch.

May 21, 2012 | Staff report | Business


UGA study says ports support more than 350K jobs

Gov. Nathan Deal announced Thursday the release of the study "The Economic Impact of Georgia's Deepwater Ports" by the Selig Center for Economic Growth at UGA's Terry College of Business.

May 17, 2012 | Staff report | Business


State unemployment rate declines

ATLANTA-State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler announced Thursday that Georgia's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate declined for the ninth consecutive month in April to 8.9 percent, the first time in more than three years the rate has dropped below nine percent. The rate fell one-tenth of a percentage point from 9.0 percent in March. The jobless rate was 9.8 percent in April a year ago.

May 17, 2012 | Staff report | Business


Skilled Nursing Center earns five-star rating

Effingham Skilled Nursing Center has received a five-star rating from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), thereby placing it among the top 10 percent of nursing homes in the country.

May 17, 2012 | Staff report | Business


STC, Labor Department to sponsor job expo

The Georgia Department of Labor and Savannah Technical College will co-sponsor a career expo May 16, at the STC campus, 5717 White Bluff Rd., in Savannah. The expo will be from 2-6 p.m. in the auditorium.

May 10, 2012 | Staff report | Business


Ports officials hope Last Mile clears the roads

As the port of Savannah continues to grow and ships, railcars and trucks roll in and out, port officials also are anxious to make the roads around the port better - and safer.

May 07, 2012 | By Patrick Donahue | Business


GDOL to team up with Military Sealift Command

ATLANTA-The Georgia Department of Labor's (GDOL) Brunswick Career Center will help Military Sealift Command (MSC) fill a number of job openings for civilian employees to work on civilian-crew ships that transport equipment and supplies to U.S. military forces worldwide. The recruitment will be held Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the career center, located at 2517 Tara Lane.

April 30, 2012 | Staff report | Business


DOL taking unemployment insurance claims online

ATLANTA-State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said that the Georgia Department of Labor (GDOL) is among 10 states that have launched a new electronic system designed to increase efficiency and reduce costs of operating the state's unemployment insurance (UI) program.

April 30, 2012 | Staff report | Business


Unemployment falls to 7.9 percent in Effingham County

ATLANTA-The Georgia Department of Labor announced that the preliminary unemployment rate in metro Savannah declined to 8.3 percent in March, down three-tenths of a percentage point from a revised 8.6 percent in February. The jobless rate in metro Savannah in March a year ago was also 8.6 percent.

April 26, 2012 | Staff report | Business


McCurry to discuss ports at Chamber breakfast

The Effingham Chamber of Commerce will host its next Chamber membership breakfast May 3 at 8 a.m. The meeting will be held at the Effingham Career Academy, off Highway 21, next to the Savannah Technical College Effingham campus.

April 26, 2012 | Staff report | Business


Governor pledges support for harbor deepening

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal visited the Port of Savannah on Tuesday to mark the passage of the state budget, including an additional $46.7 million to help pay for the Savannah Harbor deepening.

April 26, 2012 | Staff report | Business


State jobless rate dips to lowest in last three years

ATLANTA-State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler has announced that Georgia's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate declined in March for the eighth consecutive month to 9 percent, the lowest rate since February 2009, when it was 8.9 percent. That is a decline of one-tenth of a percentage point from a revised 9.1 percent in February. The jobless rate was 9.8 percent in March a year ago.

April 23, 2012 | Staff report | Business


Port posts biggest month ever

SAVANNAH-The Georgia Ports Authority marked its highest monthly numbers ever in March, handling 2.37 million tons of freight.

April 23, 2012 | Staff report | Business


Unemployment benefits extension set to expire

ATLANTA-The State Extended Benefit (SEB) program for long-term unemployed Georgians will end April 21. The SEB is a federally-funded extended unemployment insurance program.

April 17, 2012 | Staff report | Business


Ports, leaders applaud Corps’ study

After 15 years of study, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) announced Wednesday that it had released the final documents for the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project (SHEP) for review by state and federal agencies and the general public.

April 12, 2012 | Staff report | Business


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State jobless rate falls to 7 percent

ATLANTA - The Georgia Department of Labor announced Thursday that Georgia's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate declined to 7.0 percent in March, the lowest rate since September 2008 when it was 6.8 percent. The rate was 7.1 percent in February and 8.4 percent in March a year ago.

April 17, 2014 | Staff report | Business


Job fair brings a crowd

The past four months have been frustrating for Katie Waldhour.

April 17, 2014 | By Paul Floeckher | Business


Medient sets up production slate for next two films

Medient Studios, Inc., announced it will be producing "Kickback," an espionage thriller inspired by real events in Russia.

April 14, 2014 | Staff report | Business


A banner month for Georgia Ports

The Georgia Ports Authority achieved its highest month on record in March, moving 2.61 million tons of cargo - a 15.5 percent increase over the same month a year ago.

April 14, 2014 | Staff report | Business


Office of Workforce Development realigned

The Georgia Department of Economic Development announced that the Governor's Office of Workforce Development has been repositioned under the umbrella of GDEcD as the new Workforce Division. This streamlined structure is intended to ensure that the state's workforce development efforts are aligned with the economic realities of the marketplace and what businesses need to succeed in Georgia.

April 14, 2014 | Staff report | Business


State economic development group earns exports honor

Gov. Nathan Deal announced Monday that the Georgia Department of Economic Development has been selected to receive the Presidential "E Star" Award for excellence in providing export programs and services.

April 07, 2014 | Staff report | Business


Chamber set to host job fair on April 15

The Effingham Chamber of Commerce is gearing up to host an Effingham County job fair April 15 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Effingham College and Career Academy at 2940 Highway 21 N., Rincon.

April 03, 2014 | Staff report | Business


AASU report: Local economy expanded in 4th quarter of 2013

Armstrong Atlantic State University's latest Coastal Empire Economic Monitor reports the Savannah-area economy expanded rapidly during the fourth quarter of 2013 and should continue to experience significant growth throughout 2014.

March 31, 2014 | Staff report | Business


AgSouth posts record earnings

Customers in Effingham and two neighboring counties will receive nearly $382,000 from AgSouth Farm Credit's record earnings in 2013.

March 31, 2014 | Staff report | Business


Ambassadors get up-close look at Effingham County

A little more of the world visited Effingham County on Thursday.

March 27, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Business


Effingham jobless rate falls

ATLANTA - The Georgia Department of Labor announced Thursday that the unemployment rate in the Coastal Georgia region decreased to 7.2 percent in February, down three-tenths of a percentage point from 7.5 percent in January. The rate was 8.6 percent in February a year ago.

March 27, 2014 | Staff report | Business


Medient plans to start work on studio soon

A massive studio project planned for Effingham County has settled on a general contractor and has picked a construction start date.

March 24, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Business


EHS names Pizzino chief information officer

Mary B. Pizzino has been named the chief information officer of the Effingham Health System.

March 24, 2014 | Staff report | Business


Legislature approves additional $35M for port deepening

The $35 million in additional port deepening funds proposed by Gov. Nathan Deal has been approved by the state legislature and now awaits the governor's signature.

March 20, 2014 | Staff report | Business


State unemployment rate dips to 7.1 percent

ATLANTA - The Georgia Department of Labor announced that Georgia's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate decreased to 7.1 percent in February, down two-tenths of a percentage point from 7.3 percent in January. The rate was 8.5 percent in February a year ago.

March 20, 2014 | Staff report | Business


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