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County jobless rate plummets to 6.5 percent

ATLANTA - The Georgia Department of Labor announced Thursday that metro Savannah's unemployment rate declined to 7.4 percent in March, down three-tenths of a percentage point from 7.7 percent in February. The rate was 8.3 percent in March a year ago.

April 25, 2013 | Staff report | Business


IDA OKs delay in studio development schedule

The Effingham Industrial Development Authority has approved giving a film studio planning a massive project in the county an extra 30 days to finish its development schedule.

April 22, 2013 | By Patrick Donahue | Business


Ms. Jean's cuts ribbon

Effingham County Chamber of Commerce representatives helped Ms. Jean's Restaurant in Rincon cut the ribbon for their business recently.

April 22, 2013 | Staff | Business


State jobless rate falls to lowest point in more than four years

The Georgia Department of Labor announced that Georgia's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate dipped to 8.4 percent in March, the lowest rate since December 2008. The rate was down two-tenths of a percentage point from 8.6 percent in February and seven-tenths of a percentage point from 9.1 percent in March a year ago.

April 18, 2013 | Staff report | Business


State FY14 budget includes $50M for port deepening

The $50 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.

April 04, 2013 | Staff report | Business


Work begins on new Dollar General

The group building a new store in Rincon has wasted little time in getting its site ready.

April 01, 2013 | By Patrick Donahue | Business


Effingham Health System awarded Komen grant

The Coastal Georgia Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure will award $345,000 for community services that will fund everything from educational programs to screening mammograms, including Effingham Health System's comprehensive education and screening program.

March 28, 2013 | Staff report | Business


Metro jobless rate falls to 7.8 percent

ATLANTA - The Georgia Department of Labor announced Thursday that metro Savannah's unemployment rate declined to 7.8 percent in February, down five-tenths of a percentage point from 8.3 percent in January. The rate was 8.7 percent in February a year ago.

March 28, 2013 | Staff report | Business


GSU to host community bank symposium

Georgia Southern University's Center for Excellence in Financial Services and the Georgia Bankers Association will host the seventh annual Community Bank Symposium on March 27 from 7:30 a.m.-2:45 p.m. at the Forest Heights Country Club in Statesboro.

March 25, 2013 | Staff report | Business


Georgia Ports mark February tonnage increase

Georgia Ports Authority Executive Director Curtis Foltz reported strong growth for February, with an increase of 6.9 percent - or 147,650 tons - in total cargo compared to the same month last year, moving 2.27 million tons of freight in February.

March 25, 2013 | Staff report | Business


State jobless rate falls to lowest in 4 years

ATLANTA - The Georgia Department of Labor announced that Georgia's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate dipped to 8.6 percent in February, the lowest rate since January 2009. The rate was down one-tenth of a percentage point from 8.7 percent in January and six-tenths of a percentage point from 9.2 percent in February 2012.

March 21, 2013 | Staff report | Business


Studio liked what it saw from Effingham

It didn't take long for Medient Studios to like what it saw in Effingham County and make the decision to build their movie and DVD production in Effingham.

March 21, 2013 | By Patrick Donahue | Business


CEO: ‘Nothing quite like it in the world’

It's not just the size and scope of the Medient Studios project that makes it stand out, according to CEO and Chairman Manu Kumaran.

March 21, 2013 | By Patrick Donahue | Business


Curtain rises on Effingham project

Evoking one of cinema's most renowned closing lines of a movie, Manu Kumaran ushered in a partnership between his company and the Effingham Industrial Development Authority.

March 21, 2013 | By Patrick Donahue | Business


IDA prepares for 'major' prospect

The Effingham Industrial Development Authority is on the verge of signing a prospect who could change the economic landscape of the county, according to sources.

March 18, 2013 | By Patrick Donahue | Business


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Studio ready to start hiring

A final master plan and supplemental agreement between the Effingham County Industrial Development Authority and a movie production company could be finished in the next few weeks.

September 30, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Business


Effingham unemployment rate up slightly for August

ATLANTA - The Georgia Department of Labor announced Thursday that the preliminary unemployment rate in Effingham County was 6.7 percent for August, up slightly from 6.6 percent in June.

September 30, 2014 | Staff report | Business


GPA: Ports creating wave of growth

In his annual state of the port address Thursday, Georgia Ports Authority Executive Director Curtis Foltz reported 1,900 new jobs and 2.7 million square feet of industrial expansion tied to a year of growth for Georgia's deepwater ports.

September 30, 2014 | Staff report | Business


Choate to build Medient's first phase

Medient Studios, Inc. has announced it has engaged Choate Construction Company as the construction manager for its studioplex project in Effingham County.

September 24, 2014 | Staff report | Business


State puzzled by jobless rate, even as job growth rises

ATLANTA - The Georgia Department of Labor announced Thursday that Georgia's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for August was 8.1 percent, up four-tenths of a percentage point from a revised 7.7 percent in July. The rate in August of last year was 8.2 percent.

September 23, 2014 | Staff report | Business


State jobless rate rises to 8.1 percent for August

ATLANTA-The Georgia Department of Labor announced Thursday that Georgia's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for August was 8.1 percent, up four-tenths of a percentage point from a revised 7.7 percent in July. The rate in August of last year was 8.2 percent.

September 18, 2014 | Staff report | Business


Logistics company to recruit workers in Springfield

The Georgia Department of Labor will host a recruitment next week to help Pinnacle Workforce Logistics hire about 30 workers for a warehouse in Pooler.

September 12, 2014 | Staff report | Business


A new name for studio, but focus remains same, CEO says

The CEO of Moon River Studios said Tuesday they are eyeing an early 2015 start date for construction on a massive studio project slated for Effingham County.

September 11, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Business


Labor Department to bring business, employer summit to Savannah

The Georgia Department of Labor and several employer committees in coastal Georgia will co-sponsor a business and employer summit Sept. 23 in Savannah.

September 08, 2014 | Staff report | Business


ASU quarterly report says coastal economy growing

Armstrong State University's latest Coastal Empire Economic Monitor reports the Savannah-area economy continued to expand during the second quarter of 2014 and should experience strong growth throughout the year.

September 04, 2014 | Staff report | Business


SBDC to present GrowSmart series for small businesses

SAVANNAH - In its 10th year, SBDC GrowSmart, the signature series of the University of Georgia Small Business Development Center, will begin Sept. 16 and consists of five modules over five weeks. Each module will focus on a particular topic, such as marketing, finance, and management, with the sessions lasting from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

September 04, 2014 | Staff report | Business


Studio not only item on IDA’s menu

When a company planning a massive project in the community changes its name, it takes a little getting used to.

September 01, 2014 | By Paul Floeckher | Business


Mapping how to attract, keep tourists

Effingham County could shape itself into a draw for tourists, if enough resources are applied to making it happen, a state tourism official said Thursday.

August 25, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Business


Jobless rate nudges upward

ATLANTA - The Georgia Department of Labor announced that Effingham County's preliminary unemployment for July was 6.6 percent, up from June's rate of 6.4 percent. The rate is down from the July 2013 mark of 7.1 percent.

August 25, 2014 | Staff report | Business


Area economy back on the fast track

ST. SIMONS ISLAND - As director of Armstrong State University's Center for Regional Analysis, Michael Toma has been a bearer of grim economic tidings over the last several years. But Thursday morning, his remarks on the region's outlook appeared to be much more well-received.

August 21, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Business


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