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Area Nominees Recognized for Georgia Manufacturer of the Year

Area Nominees Recognized for Georgia Manufacturer of the Year

Three of middle Georgia’s most productive manufacturers were nominated by Oconee Fall Line Technical College (OFTC) to compete in the annual Georgia Manufacturer of the Year competition. OFTC’s nominees included:

Chamber's Coffee Connections Set for Tuesday

Chamber's Coffee Connections Set for Tuesday

Coffee Connections is set for Tuesday, August 28 starting at 8:30 a.m.

It's a chance to share over coffee and refreshments with a Chamber Board representative and staff along with fellow Eatonton-Putnam members.

See the full event information here.

Putnam, Hancock Counties Unemployment Rates Rise in July

Putnam, Hancock Counties Unemployment Rates Rise in July

Putnam County's unemployment rate rose to 12.4 percent in July compared to June's 10.6 percent, according to a Georgia Department of Labor news release.

Hancock County's unemployment rate in July was at 19.6 percent, up from June's  18 percent.

That compares to Metro Macon's 10.3 percent in July and Georgia's overall unemployment rate of 9.3 percent.

Putnam and Hancock County are two of 101 counties with a 10 percent or greater unemployment rate. That means 63 percent of Georgian counties had an unemployment rate of 10 percent or higher last month.

Oconee Fall Line Technical College Gets Grant to Improve Video Conference System

Oconee Fall Line Technical College awarded Grant from USDA Rural Development

ATHENS- July 9, 2012 Seventeen Georgia entities have been selected to receive the Rural Business Enterprise Grant (RBEG). Rural Development's RBEG program provides grants for rural projects that finance and facilitate development of small and emerging rural businesses and help fund employment related adult education programs. Georgia funding totals $767,000.

Oconee Fall Line Technical College received a $42,000.00 grant to assist the college in obtaining video conference system upgrades. The college serves students in Bleckley, Dodge, Glascock, Hancock, Jefferson, Laurens, Telfair, Warren, Washington, Wheeler, and Wilkinson Counties. A list of all recipients can be viewed at http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/SupportDocuments/ga_bp-rbeg_recipients2012.pdf  or at http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/gabusinessprograms.html 

Job Opening in Eatonton

Job Opening in Eatonton

Call the Department of Labor Career Center at (478) 751-6164 and give them the job number of the position that interests you. 

You can see more jobs available in Central Georgia on 13WMAZ's Job Market Thursday page.

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    Job Title:    Electronic Technician
    Location:    Eatonton GA
    Pay:          N/A
    Education:  12 Years/GED
    Job Number:GA8026418
    High School Education or GED equivalent and previous industrial/manufacturing experience required.

Where is the Cheapest Gas?

Where is the Cheapest Gas?

Some of our viewers are reporting gas prices lower than $3 in their area.

Are you seeing gas for lower than $3 a gallon? 

If so, snap a picture next time you're at the pump and send it to us at whereyoulive@13wmaz.com.

Hancock, Putnam Remain Among Georgia Counties with Highest Unemployment Rate

Hancock, Putnam Remain Among Georgia Counties with Highest Unemployment Rate

The Georgia Department of Labor announced today that the preliminary unemployment rate in Putnam County was 10.2 percent in May.

Hancock's May unemployment rate is 16 percent. Hancock and Putnam are two of 67 Georgian counties above 10 percent.

That's compared to Georgia's overall unemployment rate of 8.9 percent.

Metro Macon rose to 9.4 percent in May, up three-tenths of a percentage point from 9.1 percent in April, a Georgia Department of Labor news release says.

The rate was 10.1 percent in May 2011. 

Overall, Georgia's unemployment rate remained unchanged from April to May in 2011 and is down from May 2010, where the unemployment rate was 9.8 percent.