As you begin your holiday shopping—perhaps Thanksgiving night or Black Friday—you can expect to find some great deals this year. Retailers are fighting harder to get customers and that means more sales. Kyle Jackson, Georgia State Director of the National Federation of Independent Business, says retailers started their holiday promotions early to compensate, and more small businesses are using social media to reach customers.
An economic forecaster predicts the country will go over the so-called “fiscal cliff” in January. Rajeev Dhawan, director of Georgia State University's Economic Forecasting Center also predicts Georgia will only see sluggish growth in 2013.
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.