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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


Jobless rate dips in Coastal Georgia, metro Savannah

ATLANTA-The Georgia Department of Labor announced Thursday that the preliminary unemployment rate in the Coastal Georgia area declined to 9.2 percent in February, down two-tenths of a percentage point from a revised 9.4 percent in January. The jobless rate in the Coastal area in February a year ago was 9.6 percent.

March 29, 2012 | Staff report | Business


State jobless rate falls

ATLANTA-State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler announced Thursday that Georgia's February seasonally adjusted unemployment rate declined for the seventh consecutive month to 9.1 percent, the lowest rate since March of 2009, when it was also 9.1 percent.

March 22, 2012 | Staff report | Business


Vidalia onions to be shipped April 12

The official "shipping date" for the 2012 Vidalia Onion Marketing Season is April 12, said Georgia Commissioner of Agriculture Gary W. Black.

March 19, 2012 | Staff report | Business


Lowe’s, One-Stop Center preparing for job fair

Lowe's of Rincon will have a job fair this Friday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Effingham One-Stop Career Center on Highway 119 South in Springfield.

March 19, 2012 | By Paul Floeckher | Business


Metro Savannah jobless rate rises to 8.9 percent

ATLANTA-The Georgia Department of Labor announced Thursday that the preliminary unemployment rate in metro Savannah rose to 8.9 percent in January, up two-tenths of a percentage point from a revised 8.7 percent in December. The jobless rate in metro Savannah in January a year ago was 9.4 percent.

March 15, 2012 | Staff report | Business


State unemployment rate dips to a three-year low

State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler announced Thursday that Georgia's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate declined in January to 9.2 percent, the lowest rate since March 2009 when it was 9.1 percent. That is a decline of two-tenths of a percentage point from a revised 9.4 percent in December. The jobless rate was 10.1 percent in January a year ago.

March 02, 2012 | Staff report | Business


Dr. Mudano joins hospital staff as orthopaedic surgeon

Mark L. Mudano, MD, board-certified orthopaedic surgeon, has joined the Effingham Health System family of providers. Dr. Mudano will begin seeing patients March 5 at Effingham Orthopaedic Services, a new specialty practice providing a wide-range of orthopaedic surgical services.

February 27, 2012 | Staff report | Business


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Slight rise in unemployment for Coastal Georgia

ATLANTA - The Georgia Department of Labor announced Thursday that the unemployment rate in the Coastal Georgia region increased to 7.5 percent in May, up eight-tenths of a percentage point from 6.7 percent in April. The rate was 8.1 percent in May a year ago.

June 26, 2014 | Staff report | Business


IDA holds off on Medient supplemental agreement

A supplemental project agreement between the Effingham Industrial Development Authority and a film studio planning to build a massive production facility in Effingham is on hold, as the studio reorganizes its leadership.

June 23, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Business


Site selector gets option on part of Treutlen site

The Effingham Industrial Development Authority has entered into a purchase option with site selector for about 21 acres at the Governor Treutlen site.

June 23, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Business


Foster to retire as bank’s leader

FCB Financial Holdings, Inc., parent of First Chatham Bank, has announced the retirement of Brian Foster as president and CEO of both the holding company and bank.

June 23, 2014 | Staff report | Business


Walters named new GPA board chairman

The Georgia Ports Authority board of directors elected James A. Walters of Gainesville to serve as chairman.

June 23, 2014 | Staff report | Business


State jobless rate jumps to 7.2 percent

ATLANTA - The Georgia Department of Labor announced Thursday that Georgia's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for May was 7.2 percent, up three-tenths of a percentage point from a revised 6.9 percent in April. The preliminary rate for April was 7.0 percent, but it was revised down one-tenth of a percentage point. The rate in May of last year was 8.4 percent.

June 19, 2014 | Staff report | Business


County renews hotel-motel tax pact with Chamber

The Effingham Chamber of Commerce's tourism efforts will get a continued boost, after the county commissioners approved extending the hotel-motel tax for another year.

June 16, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Business


New Medient CEO: Studio anxious to make movies

New Medient Studios chief executive officer Jake Shapiro said the company will get to the essence of its being - that of making movies.

June 16, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Business


WRRDA bill signing hailed as victory for harbor deepening

With President Obama's signing Tuesday of the Water Resources Reform and Development Act of 2014, the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project (SHEP) is authorized to begin construction.

June 13, 2014 | Staff report | Business


New direction for Medient

Work continued quietly Thursday afternoon at Medient Studios' office in Savannah. But behind the scenes, a day of upheaval and tumult had taken place.

June 12, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Business


HeritageBank of the South launches mobile check deposit

HeritageBank of the South has launched HBOS Mobile Check Deposit, a convenient new service allowing eligible customers to deposit checks directly into their HeritageBank of the South account using a smartphone or iPad.

June 12, 2014 | Staff report | Business


FSA county committee nominations set to begin

WASHINGTON - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that the nomination period for local Farm Service Agency county committees begins June 15.

June 09, 2014 | Staff report | Business


Report: Area economy growing fast

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

June 09, 2014 | Staff report | Business


Georgia Power names new coastal region manager

Georgia Power has named William Mock as plant manager of its Coastal Region electric generation facilities. In this role, Mock will oversee all operations at Plants Kraft, McIntosh, McManus and Mitchell.

June 05, 2014 | Staff report | Business


Dynacraft chooses Savannah port

Dynacraft, one of the nation's leading bicycle suppliers, has chosen the Port of Savannah as its new East Coast gateway.

June 05, 2014 | Staff report | Business


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