State labor officials say Georgia's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate has dropped to 8.2 percent in April. That's down from 8.4 percent in March, and 9.1 percent a year ago. Georgia employers created more than 31,000 jobs in April.
Savannah City Council members want to make sure no one's put out of business by a new smoking ban. Savannah is poised to ban smoking at all bars and restaurants in weeks or months. But at a meeting , council members expressed concern over a handful of tobacco-related businesses, including a just-opened hookah lounge.
The city has been playing catch up to Charleston, since the South Carolina port started getting cruise ship tourism earlier this year. The city is splitting the cost of a cruise ship feasibility study with the state and the Savannah Area Convention and Visitors Bureau. The interim City Manager said the study should take 3-6 months to complete.
Georgia's technical colleges are reporting another record-breaking fiscal year, topping last year's enrollment numbers by an unprecedented 22%. But as more people head back-to-school in the sputtering economy, finding space and teachers for all those students is becoming a challenge.
The sale of more than 20,000 acres on the coast comes while the resort and land development company seeks to restructure itself. Brunswick's largest employer faces massive debt after pursuing luxury customers just before the recession hit.