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Coastal Georgia jobless rate hits 6 percent

ATLANTA - The Georgia Department of Labor reported that the unemployment rate in Coastal Georgia rose to a preliminary unadjusted rate of 6.0 percent in September, up 1.9 percentage points over the year from September of 2007. The jobless rate in Coastal Georgia rose one-tenth of one percentage point from a revised 5.9 percent in August.

November 14, 2008 | Staff Report | Business


Manage your savings during retirement with income investments

You've spent many years planning for retirement and since that time is finally near, you may wonder where to invest your money and whether or not your savings will last throughout retirement. Many newly retired investors think switching to a conservative investment approach is best. However, the growth of your savings after retirement is just as important as when you first started saving.

November 14, 2008 | Mark Czachowski Guest Columnist | Business


State unemployment rate hitting a 16-year peak

ATLANTA - The Georgia Department of Labor (GDOL) reported that the state's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate rose to 6.5 percent in September, the highest rate in 16 years. The jobless rate was up two percentage points from 4.5 percent at this same time last year. The September unemployment rate was up two-tenths of one percentage point from 6.3 percent in August.

November 11, 2008 | Staff Report | Business


Citizens Bank to mark 10th anniversary

Citizens Bank will celebrate its 10th anniversary this Friday with prize drawings and complimentary hot dogs, hamburgers and soft drinks at each of its offices in Springfield, Rincon, Guyton and Port Wentworth.

November 11, 2008 | Staff Report | Business


Transition to retirement — what ‘first wave’ boomers should know

If you're a "senior" member of the baby boom generation - generally defined as those born between 1946 and 1964 - you've seen a lot in your life: the Cold War, the first moon landing, the birth of the Internet and much more. But in just a few years, you may face something you probably never thought you'd see: your retirement. To make a smooth transition to this stage of your life, you'll need to become familiar with a few key financial topics.

November 11, 2008 | Frank Bevenour Guest Columnist | Business


SBA disaster loans available

ATLANTA - The U.S. Small Business Administration announces that federal economic injury disaster loans are available to small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives and most private, non-profit organizations of all sizes located in the state of Georgia as a result of drought and excessive heat that occurred on Jan. 1, 2008, and continuing.

November 11, 2008 | Staff Report | Business


SBA launches Web site for boomer entrepreneurs

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Small Business Administration unveiled a new Web site geared to the 50-plus entrepreneur, providing useful information, links and resources vital to starting, growing and expanding a small business.

November 04, 2008 | Staff Report | Business


Initial jobless claims up sharply

ATLANTA - The Georgia Department of Labor announced that 56,652 laid-off workers filed first-time claims for unemployment insurance benefits in September, an increase of 76.3 percent from September 2007.

November 04, 2008 | Staff Report | Business


Social Security offers safeguards

Each stage of life - youth, middle age, retirement - comes with its own set of financial concerns. Luckily, just by having a better understanding of the Social Security program you should be able to calm some of those concerns.

November 04, 2008 | Staff Report | Business


GeoVista to hold retirement workshop

GeoVista Credit Union will hold a workshop entitled "Investing For Your Retirement," conducted by Justin McCartney, investment advisor with CFS, on Oct. 20 at 6 p.m.

November 04, 2008 | Staff Report | Business


Former Reform Party VP pick to unveil alternative to Wall Street bailout

Former Ford administration senior economic advisor and Reform Party vice-presidential candidate Dr. Pat Choate will unveil a non-partisan alternative to the $700 billion Wall Street bailout package during a midday news conference in Savannah for John Stone for Congress on Oct. 17.

October 31, 2008 | Staff Report | Business


State DOL going to 4/10 work week

ATLANTA - State Labor Commissioner Michael Thurmond announced Tuesday that the Georgia Department of Labor (GDOL) has implemented an alternative work schedule (AWS) that shifts department staff to 10-hour work days. The AWS will expand customer service hours from 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

October 31, 2008 | Staff Report | Business


Hospital ushers in new sports medicine program

Effingham Hospital sponsored Effingham Hospital Sports Medicine Night at Rebel Field on Sept. 26, just before the football game between South Effingham High School and Effingham County High School.

October 28, 2008 | Staff Report | Business


Route 21 on its way at ribbon cutting

Father and son Steven and Tim Coleman and other family members help cut the ribbon for the Route 21 Cafe in the Goshen Commerical Park.

October 28, 2008 | Anniel Pelote | Business


SBA seeks state small business person of the year nominees

ATLANTA - The U.S. Small Business Administration is seeking nominations for the 2009 Georgia Small Business Person of the Year as well as its Small Business Champion awards.

October 28, 2008 | Staff Report | Business


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State jobless rate up to 7.8 percent

ATLANTA - The Georgia Department of Labor announced Thursday that Georgia's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for July was 7.8 percent, up four-tenths of a percentage point from 7.4 percent in June. The rate in July of last year was 8.3 percent.

August 18, 2014 | Staff report | Business


Medient unveils revised master plan

A studio planning on building a massive complex in Effingham County hopes to have its first building up and ready by the end of the year.

August 14, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Business


Georgia Ports hit all-time high in container traffic in July

The Georgia Ports Authority reached an all-time high in container trade in July, moving 293,889 20-foot equivalent container units, a 19.2 percent increase over the previous year.

August 14, 2014 | Staff report | Business


Chamber membership drive rolls on

The Effingham Chamber of Commerce's drive has brought in 27 new members, one renewal and two members upping their involvement to members of distinction level, Chamber Executive Director Rick Lott said.

August 11, 2014 | Staff report | Business


Savannah SHRM chapter hosts annual retreat

The Savannah Area Chapter of the Society of Human Resource Management hosted their annual HR retreat for 125 attendees from Georgia, Florida and South Carolina on July 24 in downtown Savannah at the Embassy Suites.

August 11, 2014 | Staff report | Business


Medient ready to deliver revised master plan

The new master plan for a planned massive film production studio could be in the hands of Effingham County officials as soon as Friday, the studio CEO said.

August 07, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Business


Governor praises film industry impact on state

Georgia-lensed feature films and television productions generated an economic impact of $5.1 billion during fiscal year 2014, Gov. Nathan Deal announced.

August 07, 2014 | Staff report | Business


Annual farm tour gets into county’s agribusiness

The annual Effingham County Young Farmers tour let participants see how advanced agriculture has become - and get a glimpse of a burgeoning new agribusiness endeavor.

August 04, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Business


SouthCoast undergoes a rebranding, name change

The Savannah-based medical organization formerly known as SouthCoast Medical Group has re-branded officially as SouthCoast Health. The change will be reflected in the organization's name, logo, Web site and overall visual identity.

August 04, 2014 | Staff report | Business


Zeigler earns personal financial representative title from Allstate

Effingham County's Dusty Zeigler is among an elite group of Allstate insurance agency owners who recently earned the personal financial representative title.

August 04, 2014 | Staff report | Business


Guyton Animal Hospital opens its doors

The Effingham Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting Thursday for the new Guyton Animal Hospital.

July 31, 2014 | Staff report | Business


BI-LO to hold job fair

BI-LO is holding a job fair to accept applications and conduct interviews for various positions in the Pooler area.

July 29, 2014 | Staff report | Business


Chamber eager to launch membership drive

The Effingham Chamber of Commerce announced that it will hold a membership campaign for the first time in several years.

July 28, 2014 | Staff report | Business


Effingham, area jobless rates rise

ATLANTA - The Georgia Department of Labor announced Thursday that Metro Savannah's unemployment rate increased to 7.4 percent in June, up five-tenths of a percentage point from 6.9 percent in May. The rate was 8.3 percent in June a year ago.

July 28, 2014 | Staff report | Business


A banner year for Georgia Ports

The Georgia Ports Authority moved more than 29 million tons of cargo, 3 million 20-foot equivalent container units (TEUs) and more than 700,000 auto and machinery units in fiscal year 2014, the GPA reported Monday.

July 28, 2014 | Staff report | Business


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