Federal statistics show that one of every 10 working Georgians now makes the minimum wage. An analysis of data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that is triple the proportion when the recession technically ended nearly three years ago.
While the national unemployment rate improves, Georgia leads the nation in job losses. The US Labor Department says the national jobless rate declined to its lowest level in two-and-a-half years. The Labor Statistics Bureau, however, says Georgia is the only state in the nation with a statistically significant year-over-year job decline.
A new labor report shows no other metro area lost more jobs in the nation than Atlanta over the past year—nearly 31,000. And while other metro areas in the state also took hits, a handful of others gained jobs. The U.S. Bureau of Labor says in the 12 months since August of 2010, there was an increase of 1,400 jobs in Macon and 800 in Albany.