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 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.
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.
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.
Jobless Georgians could see smaller unemployment checks next year. Cutting back benefits would be part of the state’s plan to re-pay $700 million it borrowed from the federal government to cover unemployment reserves. A look at the difficult road ahead for state leaders and the unemployed.
More detailed unemployment data from the state labor department shows the Dalton area has the highest jobless rate at 11.8 percent. Metro Athens posted the lowest unemployment rate in November at 6.9 percent.
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.