ATLANTA -The Georgia Department of Labor announced that the unemployment rate in the Coastal Georgia region decreased to 8.5 percent in August, down eight-tenths of a percentage point from 9.3 percent in July. The rate was 9.1 percent in August a year ago.
Records set in containers moved, total tonnage, and truck and intermodal moves made August an impressive month for the Georgia Ports Authority, Executive Director Curtis Foltz reported to the GPA board Monday.
ATLANTA – The Georgia Department of Labor announced that Georgia's seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate decreased to 8.7 percent in August, down one-tenth of a percentage point from 8.8 percent in July.
After touring the Port of Savannah on Monday, Vice President Joe Biden called for expediting port improvement projects on the U.S. East Coast. U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Fox, Senators Saxby Chambliss and Johnny Isakson, U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed and Savannah Mayor Edna Jackson accompanied the vice president on the tour.
Manu Kumaran, chairman and chief executive officer of Medient Studios, Inc., received the UIBS Award for "Initiatives and Efforts in Promoting Films and Media Business Between USA and India" in Atlanta on Wednesday.
SAVANNAH - In his State of the Port address Thursday in Savannah, Georgia Ports Authority Executive Director Curtis Foltz reported record cargo volumes, an influx of new business, and more than 1 million square feet of distribution center space leased or developed.
State officials and the Effingham Industrial Development Authority are welcoming a large Chinese firm to Effingham County, after an announcement Thursday that the company would open a headquarters and manufacturing plant in Effingham.
Port of Savannah container volumes jumped 25.8 percent in April, with a total volume of 335,337 20-foot equivalent container units, or an additional 69,000 units. The Georgia Ports Authority also saw strong growth in roll-on/roll-off traffic, moving 77,574 units through Brunswick and Savannah, a 14.1 percent gain.
Volvo Cars has chosen Berkeley County in South Carolina as the location of its first American factory, investing up to $500 million in a facility with a capacity to initially produce up to 100,000 cars per year.