Savannah area jobless rate falls to 5 percent
Metro Savannah’s unemployment rate fell again in July. The Georgia Department of Labor reported the rate at 5 percent, down from 5.3 percent in June. Across Coastal Georgia, the rate was 5.4 percent in July, down from 5.6 percent. The rate in July 2015 was 6.2 percent.
In metro Savannah, the number of employed residents grew by 2,145 to 176,538. At the same time, the number of unemployed residents fell by 501 to 9,317. The labor force grew by 1,644 to 185,855 in July.
In July, the number of jobs decreased by 300, or 0.2 percent, to 179,500. Most losses came in leisure and hospitality.
However, over the year, Savannah gained 8,000 jobs, a 4.7 percent growth rate, up from 171,500 in July 2015. Most gains came in professional and business services, government, leisure and hospitality, trade, transportation and warehousing, and the goods-producing sector, which includes manufacturing and construction.
The number of initial claims for unemployment insurance declined by 178, or 17.5 percent, to 841 in July. Most of the drop came in transportation and warehousing, health care and social assistance, and accommodations and food services. Over the year, claims were down by 91, or 9.8 percent, from 932 in July 2015.
Metro Gainesville had the lowest area rate at 4.6 percent, while the Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region had the highest at 7 percent.
Historic Savannah, city host W.W. Law Week
Historic Savannah Foundation and the City of Savannah will host W.W. Law Preservation Week. A full week of discussion and celebration will feature a panel discussion on W.W. Law’s Influence on Today’s Preservation Landscape in Savannah. The City Research Library & Municipal Archives will display a photo and correspondence exhibit from the W.W. Law Collection that reflects Law’s preservation work.
Born in Savannah in 1923, W.W. Law served as president of the Savannah chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) from 1950 until 1976, when he turned his attention to the preservation of African American history, historic buildings and sites. He established the Savannah-Yamacraw Branch of the Association for the Study of Afro-American Life and History, the Ralph Mark Gilbert Civil Rights Museum, the King-Tisdell Cottage Museum, and the Beach Institute of African American Culture.
Panelists for the discussion include Richard “Dicky” Mopper, co-owner of Engel & Völkers Savannah and advocate of the City’s Landmark Historic District; W. John Mitchell, past chair of HSF’s Board of Trustees and the Savannah Historic District Board of Review; and Melissa Jest, African American program coordinator for the Georgia Historic Preservation Division.
The discussion will be at 6 p.m. Sept. 19 at Kennedy Pharmacy building, 323 E. Broughton Street. The event is free, but reservations are required and must be made with Luciana Spracher at LSpracher@savannahga.gov or 912-651-6411.
For more information, visit www.myhsf.org or call 912-233-7787.
Financial advisor plans ribbon-cutting
Edward Jones financial advisor Brian Mimbs will celebrate the opening of a new office at 10621 Ford Ave., Suite A, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony Aug. 30.
The Richmond Hill/Bryan County Chamber of Commerce will sponsor the event from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., with the ribbon cutting at 4:30 p.m.
“I am excited to be opening an Edward Jones office in Richmond Hill, because I really see a need for the type of service we provide,” Mimbs said. “This firm concerns itself exclusively with the needs of individual investors and small-business owners, and I’m happy to be bringing that kind of personalized service to this community.”
For more information about ribbon cutting ceremonies, or other RHBC chamber benefits, contact Brianne Yontz at (912) 756-3444.