Hurricane Irma

The State Labor Department says Georgia broke the 4.5 million jobs barrier in October, bouncing back from a job loss of 3,400 due to Hurricane Irma in September. The department released the numbers this week. Commissioner Mark Butler tells us what that means for the state.

Jobs are down slightly in the state due to Hurricane Irma’s impact on Coastal Georgia. State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler says the storm caused Georgia’s job numbers to fall an unemployment claims to rise in September. Butler said a 240 percent jump for the month in the coastal region drove the state’s numbers to some degree.

"We saw jobs go down, just slightly, as a matter of fact it wasn’t even a one-tenth of a point decrease,” according to Butler. “It was about 500 jobs fewer than we had in the previous month.”

Athens-Clarke County Police Department

The clean-up process is continuing in Athens after Tropical Storm Irma. County leaders are asking property owners to report damage.

With the response phase over in Clarke County, the area is now In the recovery phase. County assessors are trying to determine the extent of the damage. County manager Blaine Williams says homeowners are asked to contact county government officials for the possibility of state and federal financial assistance.

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As the University of South Florida's St. Petersburg campus was preparing for a hit from Hurricane Irma, its leader suggested to her boss in an email that she was still there when she had actually left the state, a newspaper reported.
Sophia Wisniewska, regional chancellor for the Tampa-based university, negotiated a resignation Monday as university officials were set to fire her for incompetence and "lack of leadership."

Losses in Georgia Due to Irma

Sep 19, 2017
Athens-Clarke County Police Department

The costs of Hurricanes Harvey are Irma are still being tallied, but experts are starting to get a sense of the costs in Georgia.

Tropical Storm Irma is a not-so-distant memory. For Georgia, in addition to damage to infrastructure like, cost of replacing power poles and lines, and some property damage, some farmers are also contending with losses. Jeffrey Dorman is a Professor of Economics in the University of Georgia's Terry College. He says some items can’t be replaced.