Tue., August 14, 2012 7:56am
A federal agency's decision might lead to thousands of Georgia bus drivers, cafeteria workers and private school teachers getting summer unemployment benefits after the state denied them the money. State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler had instituted a benefits change earlier this year, saying it was unfair to pay the seasonal benefits when public school system employees don't get them.
Thu., July 19, 2012 7:43am
Georgia’s jobless rate inched upward in June, the first time it’s increased in nearly a year. The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 9 percent, up a tenth of a point from May.
Thu., June 14, 2012 7:44am
Georgia’s unemployment rate stayed the same between April and May, holding at 8.9 percent. Labor officials said it’s the first time in 10 months the rate has not fallen.
Sat., June 2, 2012 8:53am
Georgia's Labor Department is asking employers and others to turn in people collecting unemployment benefits who fail drug screenings, but so far the agency has gotten no complaints.
Mon., May 21, 2012 5:00am
Any Georgian who’s laid off from work after July 1 will receive fewer weeks of unemployment benefits. The change is part of a new law passed this year by state lawmakers. Labor department officials say it will help the state repay a $700 million federal loan in two years, rather than six.
Fri., May 18, 2012 4:40pm
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.
Thu., April 19, 2012 7:30am
Georgia's unemployment rate has dropped for eight straight months, and the state's labor commissioner said that's a sign more Georgians are getting back to work. The Georgia Department of Labor reported the state's unemployment rate for March was 9 percent, compared to 9.1 percent in February.
Thu., March 22, 2012 7:03am
Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said Thursday morning the state's February seasonally adjusted unemployment rate declined for the seventh consecutive month to 9.1 percent. That's the lowest rate since March 2009. It’s also a drop of 0.1 percent from January.
Thu., March 1, 2012 8:18am
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.
Thu., January 19, 2012 9:39am
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.