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State unemployment rate falls to 8.5 percent

ATLANTA - The Georgia Department of Labor announced that Georgia's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate declined to 8.5 percent in November, down two-tenths of a percentage point from 8.7 percent in October. The rate was 9.5 percent in November a year ago.

December 20, 2012 | Staff report | Business


Sale of state bonds nets historic low rates

Gov. Nathan Deal announced that the state successfully sold $235 million in general obligation bonds to fund new construction projects, and repairs and renovations to existing facilities throughout the state. The state also sold two issues of refunding bonds to achieve debt service savings for debt previously issued by the state.

December 17, 2012 | Staff report | Business


AASU economist sees Coastal economy growing

SAVANNAH - Following a note of cautious optimism for the first quarter and a healthy gain in the second, the third quarter Coastal Empire Economic Monitor shows a continued, robust upswing in the area's economy and improvements across the board.

December 03, 2012 | Staff report | Business


Chamber to host after hours event for small businesses

The Effingham Chamber of Commerce will host a special business after hours event for area small business owners and managers on Dec. 6.

November 29, 2012 | Staff report | Business


Georgia launches jobs-focused defense initiative

Gov. Nathan Deal has announced a comprehensive assessment of economic development opportunities at Georgia's military base establishments and their surrounding communities as part of his ongoing effort to grow Georgia's economy through job creation.

November 29, 2012 | Staff report | Business


Job fair to recruit workers for Edwards Interiors

The Georgia Department of Labor will help Edwards Interiors, Inc., recruit about 45 workers for its manufacturing facility in Effingham County.

November 26, 2012 | Staff report | Business


Metro Savannah jobless rate stays unchanged

ATLANTA-The Georgia Department of Labor announced Thursday that the preliminary unemployment rate in metro Savannah was unchanged at 7.9 percent from September to October. The rate was 8.9 percent in October 2011.

November 22, 2012 | Staff report | Business


FSA county committee election under way

Farmers and ranchers have a chance to make a difference in how Farm Service Agency (FSA) Programs are administered, announced Pamela Poole, county executive director for the local USDA Farm Service Agency. The deadline for eligible voters to return FSA County Committee election ballots to their local FSA offices is Dec. 3.

November 22, 2012 | Staff report | Business


Jobless rate dips to 8.7 percent

ATLANTA-The Georgia Department of Labor announced Thursday that Georgia's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate declined to 8.7 percent in October, down three-tenths of a percentage point from 9.0 percent in September. The jobless rate was 9.7 percent in October a year ago.

November 15, 2012 | Staff report | Business


Effingham jobless rate at 7.2 percent for September

ATLANTA - The Georgia Department of Labor announced Thursday that the preliminary unemployment rate in metro Savannah declined to 8.0 percent in September, down six-tenths of a percentage point from a revised 8.6 percent in August. The rate was 9.2 percent in September 2011.

October 25, 2012 | Staff report | Business


State apple crop comes in early

MACON - Georgia's apple crop came in ahead of schedule due to warmer-than-normal temperatures earlier this year, meaning apple lovers can get an early bite of the fall fruit.

October 18, 2012 | Staff report | Business


State jobless rate tumbles to 9 percent for September

ATLANTA - The Georgia Department of Labor announced Thursday that Georgia's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate declined to 9.0 percent in September, down two-tenths of a percentage point from 9.2 percent in August. The jobless rate was 9.8 percent in September a year ago.

October 18, 2012 | Staff report | Business


Double-digit growth in autos, TEUs at ports

The Georgia Ports Authority announced Monday that the authority posted increases across all reporting categories for the first two months of fiscal year 2013.

October 08, 2012 | Staff report | Business


Long-term jobless may be eligible for additional benefits

ATLANTA - The Georgia Department of Labor announced that some long-term unemployed workers may now be eligible for additional Emergency Unemployment Compensation in Georgia. The GDOL is mailing notifications to those who may be eligible and instructing them to begin filing for benefits.

October 08, 2012 | Staff report | Business


Deal announces a sales tax holiday for energy-, water-saving items

Gov. Nathan Deal has announced that Georgians can save money while conserving energy and water during the upcoming ENERGY STAR and WaterSense sales tax holiday.

October 01, 2012 | Staff report | Business


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Georgia named No. 1 state to do business

Gov. Nathan Deal announced Monday that Georgia, for the second consecutive year, has been ranked the No. 1 state in the nation for business by Site Selection magazine, one of the nation's top economic development trade publications.

November 04, 2014 | Staff report | Business


Prospective buyer eyes purchase of EFACEC

Effingham Industrial Development Authority members have approved amending its memorandum of understanding with EFACEC and approving a transfer and assumption to a new company.

October 29, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Business


IDA OKs Moon River master plan

After weeks of wrangling and discussion, the Effingham Industrial Development Authority has given the go-ahead to a massive studioplex's master plan.

October 28, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Business


Smith named chief nursing officer at Effingham Health

Effingham Health System has appointed Betsy Smith as its chief nursing officer.

October 28, 2014 | Staff report | Business


Effingham jobless rate drops to 6.1 percent

ATLANTA - Effingham County's unemployment rate shrank in September, even as the labor force grew, according to Georgia Department of Labor statistics.

October 23, 2014 | Staff report | Business


Spencer, well-traveled flag find a home at Moon River

The flag has been in Trenton Spencer's go bag all across the globe.

October 23, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Business


State jobless rate dips to 7.9 percent

ATLANTA - The state Department of Labor announced that Georgia's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for September was 7.9 percent, down two-tenths of a percentage point from 8.1 percent in August. The rate in September of last year was 8.0 percent.

October 21, 2014 | Staff report | Business


Studio, IDA close to finishing deal

The master plan, development schedule and supplemental agreement between Moon River Studios and the Effingham Industrial Development Authority could be approved as soon as Thursday evening.

October 21, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Business


Manufacturing company looking to hire employees

The Georgia Department of Labor will help Caesarstone, a new manufacturing company in Richmond Hill, recruit for a number of positions.

October 16, 2014 | Staff report | Business


Moon River announces new CFO

Moon River Studios, Inc., announced the appointment of Steven Bahlmann as its new chief financial officer, secretary and treasurer. As CFO, Bahlmann will be responsible for the financial management of the company, accounting, strategic planning and investor relationships.

October 16, 2014 | Staff report | Business


Studio shooting for early 2015 start

Construction on the initial soundstages for a massive studio project could happen as soon as January, Moon River Studios CEO Jake Shapiro said Thursday.

October 14, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Business


Gulfstream unveils two new business jets

Gulfstream Aerospace has introduced an all-new family of business jets: the Gulfstream G500 and G600. The two new aircraft optimize speed, wide-cabin comfort and efficiency to offer customers best-in-class performance with advanced safety features.

October 14, 2014 | Staff report | Business


Harbor deepening ready to commence

"Georgia and its congressional delegation have fought long and hard to see this project through to fruition - a project that is vitally important for economic development and job creation not only in the Southeast, but nationally as well," said Gov. Nathan Deal. "After years of regulatory purgatory, we finally cleared the last hurdle and hope to begin dredging in the Savannah River before the end of the year. This pivotal link in our logistics network will aid in the prompt delivery of valuable cargo to and from every corner of Georgia and, in turn, preserve and create jobs and encourage ...

October 09, 2014 | Staff report | Business


Triple J Farms honored as Georgia Centennial Farm

Eighteen farms, including Effingham County's Triple J Farms, were honored Friday at the Georgia Centennial Farm Awards.

October 07, 2014 | Staff report | Business


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