The most recent unemployment numbers from the state labor commission show many Georgians still can’t find work. And about 250,000 residents have been out of work for at least seven months. That’s more than half of the unemployed worker pool.
Georgia pays for road projects with money from motor vehicle fuel tax. People are using more fuels efficient cars meaning tax collections are declining. Changes could be coming.
336 Federal Aviation Administration employees from the Atlanta-area have been forced to stay home following an imposed furlough. These employees include airport planners, engineers, and specialists from Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.
Savannah's booming seaport has set another record for the amount of cargo moving through its gates after posting double-digit growth in the past 12 months. Georgia Ports Authority executive director Curtis Foltz announced Monday that Savannah's port handled 2.9 million containers of imports and exports in the fiscal year that ended June 30. That's an 11 percent increase from fiscal 2010. It's also a record for Savannah, beating the port's previous peak in 2008 by about 240,000 containers.
Georgia marina owners want state officials to ease rules on coastal boaters who stay awhile. Right now, if someone wants to live on a boat on Georgia's coast, they're effectively barred from staying for more than a month. A proposed rule change would help local business and make it easier for the state to control waste water discharges.
The drought is reducing the number of peanut plants coming out of the ground. Farmers also planted less this year. Peanut butter prices rising.
The summer heat means more energy demand on the state's largest electricity producer. But Georgia Power isn't seeing any unusual spike compared to last year. Spokesman Lynn Wallace says, the company is turning on smaller and less-efficient generators to meet demand.
Georgia’s power plants are among the most toxic in the country according to a national environmental non-profit. The recent study singles out Georgia Power as the state’s biggest polluter.
Coca-Cola released a strong earnings report this week. The Atlanta-based company says it had a nearly 50-percent spike in revenue for its second quarter. Revenue totaled $12.7 billion. On the strength of that news, Coke’s stock is at a 12-year high.
NCR, an Atlanta based company, is using self-service kiosks to help people file their immigration papers.