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Metro jobless rate hits 6.6 percent

ATLANTA – The Georgia Department of Labor (GDOL) reported that the unemployment rate in the metro Savannah area rose to a preliminary unadjusted rate of 6.6 percent in December, up 2.7 percentage points over the year from December 2007. The jobless rate in metro Savannah rose eight-tenths of one percentage point from a revised 5.8 percent in November.

February 05, 2009 | Staff Report | Business


State’s jobless number hits a 26-year high

ATLANTA - The Georgia Department of Labor reported that the state's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate rose to 8.1 percent in December, the highest rate in almost 26 years. The jobless rate was up 3.6 percentage points from 4.5 percent at this same time last year. The December unemployment rate was up seven-tenths of one percentage point from a revised 7.4 percent in November.

January 26, 2009 | Staff Report | Business


Uncle Marco’s open for business

January 22, 2009 | Brittany McNair | Business


Bobby’s Hometown Restaurant opens

January 22, 2009 | Anniel Pelote | Business


E-mail bank scam circulating

An e-mail scam using the name of The Heritage Bank began circulating earlier this week. The fraudulent email message says that the bank is "carrying out a scheduled yearly online banking system update" and requests that the recipient click on a provided link and update information.

January 15, 2009 | Staff Report | Business


State initial jobless claims soaring

ATLANTA - The Georgia Department of Labor announced that 128,625 laid-off workers filed first-time claims for state unemployment insurance benefits in December, an increase of 174 percent from December 2007.

January 15, 2009 | Staff Report | Business


Perdue lays out agenda at state Eggs and Issues

ATLANTA - Gov. Sonny Perdue discussed education, economic environment and transportation Tuesday morning at the Eggs and Issues Breakfast hosted by the Georgia Chamber of Commerce at the Georgia World Congress Center.

January 15, 2009 | Staff Report | Business


24Seven living up to its name

The owners of the new 24Seven Family Fitness Center say their business lives up to its name.

January 12, 2009 | Patrick Donahue Editor | Business


Hynes joins Chamber staff

Tess Moore Hynes, a native of Effingham County and an MBA graduate of Georgia Southern University, has joined the staff of the Effingham County Chamber of Commerce, Chamber President Michael Lee announced.

January 12, 2009 | Staff Report | Business


Patient approach

Effingham Hospital Administrator Norma Jean Morgan helps hospital Board of Trustees Chairman Stephen Mobley, Dr. Joseph Ratchford and Neil Ratchford cut the ribbon Monday on the new office for Dr. Ratchford and partner Dr. Prakesh Patel. Behind them are state Rep. Jon Burns and Dr. Patel.

January 08, 2009 | Patrick Donahue Editor | Business


Hospital trustees complete state certification program

The Effingham Hospital's Board of Trustees has completed the Georgia Hospital Association (GHA) hospital authority certification program.

December 30, 2008 | Staff Report | Business


Holiday Business Tour

December 30, 2008 | Patrick Donahue Editor | Business


State’s jobless mark hits 7.5 percent

ATLANTA - The Georgia Department of Labor (GDOL) reported that the state's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate rose to 7.5 percent in November, the highest rate in more than 25 years. The jobless rate was up 3.0 percentage points from 4.5 percent at this same time last year. The November unemployment rate was up six-tenths of one percentage point from a revised 6.9 percent in October.

December 29, 2008 | Staff Report | Business


Hospital’s mammography team earns accreditation

Effingham Hospital in Springfield has been awarded a three-year term of accreditation in mammography as the result of a recent survey by the American College of Radiology (ACR).

December 26, 2008 | Staff Report | Business


CDs vs. annuities — which are right for you?

Head to head, how does a non–qualified bank certificate of deposit and single premium deferred fixed annuity compare, what are the strengths of each product. Both CDs and annuities are considered low-risk savings vehicles for investments.

December 26, 2008 | Mark Czachowski Guest Columnist | Business


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ASU quarterly report says coastal economy growing

Armstrong State University's latest Coastal Empire Economic Monitor reports the Savannah-area economy continued to expand during the second quarter of 2014 and should experience strong growth throughout the year.

September 04, 2014 | Staff report | Business


SBDC to present GrowSmart series for small businesses

SAVANNAH - In its 10th year, SBDC GrowSmart, the signature series of the University of Georgia Small Business Development Center, will begin Sept. 16 and consists of five modules over five weeks. Each module will focus on a particular topic, such as marketing, finance, and management, with the sessions lasting from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

September 04, 2014 | Staff report | Business


Studio not only item on IDA’s menu

When a company planning a massive project in the community changes its name, it takes a little getting used to.

September 01, 2014 | By Paul Floeckher | Business


Mapping how to attract, keep tourists

Effingham County could shape itself into a draw for tourists, if enough resources are applied to making it happen, a state tourism official said Thursday.

August 25, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Business


Jobless rate nudges upward

ATLANTA - The Georgia Department of Labor announced that Effingham County's preliminary unemployment for July was 6.6 percent, up from June's rate of 6.4 percent. The rate is down from the July 2013 mark of 7.1 percent.

August 25, 2014 | Staff report | Business


Area economy back on the fast track

ST. SIMONS ISLAND - As director of Armstrong State University's Center for Regional Analysis, Michael Toma has been a bearer of grim economic tidings over the last several years. But Thursday morning, his remarks on the region's outlook appeared to be much more well-received.

August 21, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Business


IDA waits for answers on Medient master plan

While Effingham Industrial Development Authority members expect to get the master plan for Medient Studios' project, they also still have a slew of questions.

August 21, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Business


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