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Insurance Costs Surge Past Incomes

People’s incomes in Georgia are not keeping pace with the rise in health insurance premiums. Many families are now spending nearly 20-percent of their earnings to stay insured.

$1B Sports Complex Nears Approval

A billion-dollar sports complex is set to break ground near Lake Allatoona this spring. The 1,400-acre parcel is under contract, and the permitting and zoning processes are under way.

State Manufacturing Grew In 2010

Georgia’s manufacturing index trended up in 2010. That comes out of the latest survey from Kennesaw State University's Econometric Center. Despite a drop in inventory, a group of important factors rose in December. That included new orders, production, and employment.

Low-Paying Job Growth Causes Concern

Georgia has seen a boom in call centers this recession. The rise in low-paying jobs like these coupled with a decrease in manufacturing worries some. Call centers have added about 1,700 jobs to Georgia’s economy in the past year. They pay from $8 to $13 an hour without benefits.

After Deepening, Georgia Wants New Port

State lawmakers could take up legislation in the upcoming General Assembly dealing with Savannah harbor deepening. But there's also another port-related project waiting in the wings that officials want action on.

Georgia Music Industry Looking At Tax Incentives To Spur Growth

An advocacy group is hoping to get tax incentives for Georgia’s growing music industry.They want to get benefits like those that have created a film production boom in the state.

Judge Rules Against Coal Plant

A state court judge is putting the brakes on a controversial new coal-fired power plant in Middle Georgia. Administrative Law Judge Ronit Walker has rejected the plant's air quality permits.

Economy Predicted To Grow in 2011

Don’t be too cautious – that’s the advice to Georgia business owners from a top economic forecaster.

Leftover Mercury Causes Concern

Olin says the Augusta plant will be mercury free by 2012. But environmental group Oceana says that doesn't mean the end of the toxic chemical. The group says it’s unknown what Olin plans to do with tons of mercury stored on site once it’s no longer used to manufacture chlorine.

Jobless Rate Jumps To Double-Digits

Georgia’s unemployment rate is back into double-digits. State labor officials say it rose to 10.1 percent in November, a bump from 9.8 in October. It’s now a stretch of more than three years that Georgia’s jobless rate has topped the national mark—which is currently 9.8 percent.

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