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Thursday, April 1, 2010 - 9:56am

Labor Commissioner Says Job Growth Is Coming

Updated: 4 years ago.
State Labor Commissioner Michael Thurmond says the latest jobless numbers indicate the beginning of a recovery. (photo courtesy GDOL)

Officials with the Department of Labor say Georgia’s job market has reached an inflection point. That’s a term used by economists to describe a movement toward job growth.

February unemployment rates for Georgia’s metro areas rose and fell by small margins.

Athens, Augusta and Dalton saw slight drops in unemployment while the numbers in Brunswick, Macon and Columbus went up.

Labor Commissioner Michael Thurmond says while this is still a very difficult job market for those seeking work, there could be better times coming.

"The good new is that fewer people are being laid off which will result in some positive job growth, Thurmond said. "Things will get better but it will be a little later rather than sooner."

Sitting at 10.5 percent, the state’s unemployment rate is still 8 tenths of a percentage point higher than the national average.

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