Category: Savannah Jobs

What an unbelievable story to hear about this giant container ship that blocked the Suez Canal for nearly a week. This container vessel was carrying 18,300 containers of cargo. It is one of the largest container vessels and it ran aground on Tuesday after being lodged sideways across the waterway. I read that it cost the global economy an estimated $400 million dollars per HOUR?!?! Being in the port city of Savannah, this hits close to home. We see these container ships all the time coming in and out of our waterways. I also own a staffing company which works with many distribution centers who rely on these container ships to bring in their products. I am not sure if the Savannah Port was affected by this blockage but I know it hurt a great deal of the economy. Not exactly something we need anytime, but especially not in the middle of a pandemic.

At least 360 ships, carrying everything from cars to oil to grain, wait at the canal’s northern and southern entrances and an additional 300 ships were en route to the canal over the next two weeks. Some ships have already diverted to the African route. The Suez Canal connects the Mediterranean Sea to the Red Sea, making it the shortest maritime route to Asia from Europe. Since its completion in 1869, it has become one of the world’s most heavily used shipping lanes.

I will have to admit that I was not familiar with the Suez Canal. But it has been interesting to learn more about this because of where I live and my business. Thankfully the vessel was freed earlier today but I am wondering how long it will take the economy to recover from yet another misfortune?!?


$9 to $11 Hourly

Benefits Offered


Employment Type


Put your TWIC to use!

General Labor, Forklift, Clamp and Slipsheet Operator positions open


  • TWIC Card
  • GA Ports Credentials
  • Safety vest
  • Ability to lift 20lbs to 50lbs
  • Ability to stand for 8+ hours

Job Descriptions

  • General Laborer
  • Warehouse work.
  • Unloading cartons onto carts
  • Loading cartons into out going trailers.
  • Stack pallets by hand
  • Place appropriate labels/stickers on boxes
  • Shrink wrap by hand
  • Secure wrapped boxes with straps
  • Forklift Driver
  • Following all safety guidelines for forklifts
  • Loading and unloading trailers
  • Putting away product in a timely manner
  • Clamp Operator
  • Experience required

Please apply in the office on a Tuesday or Thursday between the hours of 9am and 11am. Must be willing to submit to background check and drug test and must provide 2 forms of identification to show US employment eligibility and Identification. Must have a valid TWIC to work on the GA Ports.

About Horizon Staffing, Inc.:

We are a full-service staffing service which places temporary, temp-to-hire and direct hire applicants. We have been in business over 40 years.

This position is a direct hire position.

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The Savannah metro economy sped up in the first quarter of 2016. Total employment and most other economic indicators drove and strengthened the regional economy according to a the Coastal Empire Economic Monitor, published by Armstrong State University.

The labor and housing markets both trended up and consumer expectations in the South Atlantic states remained consistent. The Economic Monitor predicted that the pace of growth in Q2 would continue at about the rate of Q1.

Coastal Empire Economic Indicators Leading and Coincident Indexes

Current Economic Indicators Pick Up Pace

The Coastal Empire coincident (measures current activity) economic index rose from 171.8 to 172.5. This was a welcome trend as it had dipped some in the second half of 2015. The index grew at an annualized pace of 3.3% for Q1 of 2016.

The index measures things like growth in total employment, electricity sales, retail sales, port activity and consumer confidence. All except consumer confidence drove the index higher in the first quarter. Even though consumer confidence was weak in Q1, it looked as if it is headed back up for Q2.

Labor Market

Savannah MSA Employment

Employment in the Chatham, Bryan and Effingham area rose by 1,300 jobs and averaged 175,600 for the quarter. That represented a growth rate of 3.6% compared to the same time last year. This is the seventh quarter in row that job growth has been above the 3% mark.

Savannah metro area employment has averaged a 3% increase — the best growth rate since pre-recession days (2005 to 2007). But the recent job increases have come from a wider area of job sectors, unlike the pre-recession job growth which was primarily driven by construction activity.

Here’s a quick overview:

Business and professional services employment gained 700 jobs — 10% more than a year ago. Tourism and retail added nearly 300 workers. As a whole, the service sector grew by about 1,200 jobs. Tourism continues to thrive in Savannah as more people visit the area. In fact, tour buses and trolleys saw a 6% increase for the quarter compared to the first quarter of 2015. Auto rental sales (+3%) and beer/wine/alcohol sales (+4%) have also climbed higher compared to last year.

Manufacturing added 200 jobs, but construction lost 100 jobs. Despite the losses, construction has held steady at 6,400 for the last five quarters, while employment in manufacturing rose to 18,100 jobs during the first quarter of 2016.

Leading Indicators Rise Too

The Coastal Empire leading (future activity) economic index rose 1.4% (5.5%, annualized) from 152.4 to 154.5 — thanks to the average value of building permits for single-family homes going up and new filings for unemployment insurance going down.

Housing Market

Since early 2015, 500 or so building permits have been issued for single-family homes each quarter. For Q1 of 2016, the number of new home permits dropped 4.4% from 509 to 487. The number of building permits issued was down 1% (6 units) from a year ago. But the average value for building permits for single family homes climbed 23% from $205,600 to $251,800 . But look for it to settle back down in Q2, as it has hovered around $205,000 for the last year.

Labor Market

Initial claims for unemployment insurance (UI) declined 14% from 758 to 651 claims. The number of new UI claims is down 15% compared to last year. Also, the Savannah area unemployment rate has dropped dramatically during the last year from 6.5% to 5.2% (seasonally adjusted).

The Economic Monitor summarized their findings by saying that Savannah’s current economic activity has “picked up during the opening quarter of 2016” and forecasted that Savannah’s regional economic growth “is sustainable through the end of 2016.”

You can read the entire report here.

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