State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler has announced the Georgia Department of Labor will offer assistance to workers who are temporarily out of a job or have been laid off in the wake of Wednesday's storm. Butler says the department of labor's Cartersville Career Center will set up two temporary assistance centers in Adairsville between Feb. 5 and 14.
Some public school workers employed by private companies say, they got a nasty surprise a few weeks ago. State labor officials last year proposed eliminating a policy that allowed such workers to collect jobless benefits over the summer. The workers say, they didn't find out about the change until recently. Union officials say, the workers now face months without income.
Georgia's labor commissioner reported the state's unemployment rate declined in January for the sixth straight month to 9.2 percent. That number is the lowest rate since March 2009, when it was 9.1 percent.
Georgia's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate declined for the third straight month in December, falling to 9.7 percent. Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said the new number is a one-tenth of a percentage point decline from a revised 9.8 percent in November.
State labor officials say Georgia's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate declined to 10.2 percent in October, down one-tenth of a percentage point from September. The state added 26,500 jobs last month.
Georgia will soon start paying back the hundreds of millions of dollars it owes the federal government for unemployment insurance. Come October 1st, $21 million in interest is due. The state is coming up with ways to pay back the principal balance, but the labor commissioner says the whole system needs an overhaul.