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Savannah Area Unemployment Drops in December

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Staff Writer

As released in the Bureau of Labor Statistics report last month, Georgia’s unemployment rate, seasonally adjusted, stayed steady at 3.0 percent in December. Not seasonally adjusted, the unemployment rate dropped from 2.8 percent in November to 2.7 percent in December. 

Locally, according to a newly released Bureau of Labor Statistics report released on February 1, the Savannah metropolitan area unemployment rate (not seasonally adjusted) dropped from 2.6 percent in November to 2.5 percent in December. 

Nearly three years after the COVID-19 pandemic drastically impacted local communities across the nation, Georgia continues to show resilience and make great progress towards recovering economic losses.

Georgia Legislature approves coverage to help first responders cope with job-related PTSD treatment

The Ashley Wilson Act, named for Gwinnett police sergeant Ashley Wilson, passed unanimously in the Georgia House of Representatives, aiming to provide supplemental health insurance for first responders diagnosed with PTSD due to on-the-job experiences. This landmark legislation, celebrated for its potential to significantly aid in the recovery and support of traumatized first responders, reflects a broader recognition of PTSD’s serious impact on public safety personnel, promising financial and treatment support beginning January 1, 2025.

FAFSA delays pose challenges for Georgia college-bound students

Students across Georgia are facing delays in the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) process, particularly challenging due to its late January rollout and additional complications for mixed-status families. Despite these setbacks, the Department of Education has implemented fixes for major issues, and officials, including MorraLee Keller of the National College Attainment Network, urge students not to give up on securing financial aid for college.