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.
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.
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.
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.
The US Army Corps of Engineers could extend the public comment period for the massive project to deepen the Savannah harbor.
The Corps' District Commander says, the agency should announce an extension soon.
Environmental groups praised the move.