Economy

U.S. Ag Secretary commits to help Black farmers get back to land during Georgia stop

BY: - January 11, 2022

A plan to provide debt relief to Black farmers championed by Sen. Raphael Warnock remains in limbo, but during a trip to Atlanta Monday, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said he’s hopeful a solution will come, whether through Congress or the courts. “We’re filing briefs, we’re filing motions, we’re doing discovery, we’re moving forward so […]

Forecasters see full Georgia economic recovery in 2022, but some won’t feel it

BY: - December 13, 2021

Next year will be the year Georgia recovers from its nearly two-year COVID-19 slump, according to University of Georgia economic forecasters. “We expect that Georgia’s economy will fully recover next year — it will be 100% of normal by mid-2022, if not earlier,” said Benjamin C. Ayers, Dean and Earl Davis Chair in Taxation at […]

Paid leave, a tax cut for the rich and more in Biden’s social policy bill could get cut

BY: and - November 29, 2021

WASHINGTON — Congressional Democrats cheered on the floor of the U.S. House after approving President Joe Biden’s massive social spending and climate bill.  But a major struggle lies ahead in the coming month in the U.S. Senate, where Democrats cannot lose any votes within their party if they are to send the so-called Build Back Better […]

COMMENTARY

Grocery workers suffer the mental health effects of customer hostility and lack of safety in their workplace

BY: - November 26, 2021

Brian Mayer, University of Arizona; Melissa A. Barnett, University of Arizona; Mona Arora, University of Arizona, and Sabrina V. Helm, University of Arizona For The Conversation With the holiday season here, consumers are understandably desperate for a “normal” holiday season. For many, that includes big family dinners and Black Friday shopping sprees. Retail and service […]

Easing of supply chain jam to start with Savannah seaport, White House says

BY: - November 9, 2021

This post was updated 5:30 p.m. Nov. 9 to add comments from Georgia officials. The White House announcement that the Port of Savannah will soon be able to spend $8 million to help unclog a sluggish supply chain won bipartisan celebration Tuesday from Georgia’s congressional delegation. Savannah appears to be the first seaport in line […]

Georgia jobless rate lowest in decades, but workers quitting clouds good news

BY: - October 29, 2021

Fewer Georgians filed initial unemployment insurance claims last month than in the weeks leading up to the pandemic last year, and the state’s unemployment rate hit 3.2%, a 20-year low. Those are two welcome signs of economic recovery after record-breaking layoffs sent workers home across the state, but celebrations of those numbers should be tempered […]