ATLANTA - The Georgia Department of Labor announced Thursday that Effingham County's unemployment rate for June was 7.6 percent, a rise of half a percentage point from the revised May figure of 7.1 percent. State statistics also show that Effingham's labor force size decreased, even as the number of unemployed workers rose.
A bumper crop of wheat has led to a booming export business at the Port of Brunswick, with the first export vessel of the season departing Thursday.
A film studio planning a mammoth development in Effingham County took another of its needed many big steps Monday afternoon.
ATLANTA - The Georgia Department of Labor announced Thursday that Georgia's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased to 8.6 percent in June. The rate was up three-tenths of a percentage point from 8.3 percent in May, but it was down five-tenths of a percentage point from 9.1 percent in June a year ago.
The Georgia Ports Authority recently unveiled a new mobile command center. The MCC is a deployable unit from which the GPA can manage its entire operation.
The groundbreaking has been set for Medient Studios' massive development planned in Effingham County.
Georgia Southern University's Bureau of Business Research and Economic Development (BBRED) has been awarded a $295,927 grant by the North American Development Bank (NADBank) to expand Georgia's Enterprise Network for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (GENIE) project.
A new inland port agreement signed last week by Gov. Nathan Deal, the Georgia Ports Authority and Cordele Intermodal Services will create and expand international markets for regional business.
STATESBORO - The annual survey on the economic impact of the University System of Georgia reveals Georgia Southern University had a $524 million economic impact on Statesboro and the Bulloch County area and accounted for more than 6,500 jobs in fiscal year 2012.
SAVANNAH - An annual study of the economic impacts of University System of Georgia institutions released Wednesday proved that Savannah State University continues to be a major force in the local economy, pumping approximately $148 million into the Savannah metropolitan area during fiscal year 2012.
Effingham Health System welcomed its latest addition Monday with a reception for Dr. Xiaofeng "Frank" Zhong.
With the anticipated closing of the deal between Medient Studios and the Effingham Industrial Development Authority less than two weeks away, the first steps of work on the 1,550-acre site are under way, according to the company.
The Georgia Public Service Commission is reviewing Georgia Power's request for an increase in its base rates filed with the PSC.
ATLANTA - The Georgia Department of Labor announced Thursday that metro Savannah's unemployment rate increased to 7.9 percent in May, up eight-tenths of a percentage point from 7.1 percent in April.
The Georgia Ports Authority board of directors has elected Robert S. Jepson Jr. of Savannah to serve a second term as chairman of the board. Jepson was first appointed to the board in 2008 and previously served as vice chairman. The new vice chairman will be James A. Walters, and Stephen S. Green will serve as secretary/treasurer.
FONU2, Inc., announced Wednesday that Joseph Giamichael has been appointed to the company's board of directors and the company will move its corporate headquarters to Effingham County.
Work is expected to start soon on a massive movie studio complex planned for southern Effingham County.
STATESBORO - The Georgia Chamber of Commerce took no position on the original version of House Bill 170. But the state's largest business advocacy organization has endorsed subsequent versions, and Georgia Chamber CEO Chris Clark said Monday that annual spending for highway improvements in the state needs to be increased by $1 billion.
Business owners and managers in the Effingham County area now have a new digital agency to help grow their customer base.