The drier conditions lately have been a welcome change for people across the state, especially those whose business depends on the weather. A small group of workers shoveled dirt recently on either side of a newly-poured sidewalk inside a new subdivision in Roswell, just north of Atlanta. It was a rare event; for most of the year they’ve been shoveling mud.
Federal authorities are teaming up with a Hispanic construction organization in Georgia to hold a construction safety and health fair for construction workers and their families. OSHA staff plans to hand out Spanish-language publications and to answer questions about on-the-job safety and health issues Sunday at the Santa Fe Mall in Duluth.
Board members of the Georgia Department of Transportation voted Thursday to move forward with the bidding process for what the DOT called the first large project funded through the Transportation Investment Act (TIA). TIA has been commonly referred to as T-SPLOST, or Transportation Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax.
Georgia's forestry industry is looking up now that the housing market is showing a potential rebound. The number of jobs in the state's second-largest industry is rising. And a Georgia Forestry Commission official says lumber mills are charging more for wood.
State officials say a roofing manufacturer will open a new facility in Bulloch County, creating about 50 full-time jobs. Building materials maker GAF will produce insulation in Statesboro. The company already has two other Georgia locations, in Savannah and Cumming.
State officials say Georgia's jobless rate rose to 10.2 percent in August, the highest level in the past six months. Georgia's top labor official says depsite that news, there were job gains in some sectors. That included in public school system seasonal employment, professional and business services, health care, and construction.
State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler says Georgia's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate rose to 9.9 percent in June, up one-tenth of a percentage point from a revised 9.8 percent in May. Butler said Thursday the end of the school year is a factor in the increase. He says non-contract school workers are usually laid off for the summer, and new graduates looking for jobs are considered unemployed.
The Georgia Branch of Associated General Contractors of America is calling for a “safety stand-down” Aug. 3. During the statewide work stoppage – lasting from 5 minutes to an hour, depending on the job site – supervisors and workers will learn how to spot heat illness and prevent it.