With millions of Americans unemployed, you'd be hard-pressed to find someone who doesn't know anyone who has been laid off - if they themselves haven't recently lost a job.
"Labor Day 2009 arrives at a critical juncture in the economic history of the United States of America. The Great Recession has already claimed the jobs of 14 million American workers," said Michael Thurmond, Georgia Department of Labor commissioner. "Seismic economic forces are restructuring America's work force and the long-term effects will be pervasive and permanent."
A registered nurse and longtime employee of Good News Clinics has been named executive director of the organization, which provides medical and dental care to uninsured Hall County residents who can't afford it.
Local governments, schools and public agencies are bracing for the impact of a 26-cent-per-gallon state excise tax on gasoline, which will contribute to $850 million or more in revenue for road and bridge projects across Georgia, that takes effect Wednesday.