Thu., August 19, 2010 2:31pm (EDT)

Georgians Give Up On Job Hunt
By Josephine Bennett
Updated: 4 years ago

MACON, Ga.  —  
(photo Josephine Bennett)
(photo Josephine Bennett)
Georgia’s unemployment rate went down in July, but only because thousands have given up looking for work.


State labor officials say Georgia has a growing number of so-called, “discouraged workers.”

The states labor force shrunk by more than 21-thousand people between June and July. Many have maxed out their unemployment benefits and still can’t find work. They’ve also quit trying.

State Labor Commissioner Michael Thurmond says some are relying on friends and relatives to get by until the job market improves. Others have left the state, and record numbers have enrolled in school.

“The job market is just horrendous. People can’t find work. Consequently they’re having to make other decisions, some positive, some negative. But the thing they would really prefer to do is be working right now.”

Georgia is not unlike the rest of the country. U.S. labor officials say there are nearly 1.2-million people in the U.S. who have quit looking for work.