State officials said Wednesday that the Lowe’s retail chain will open a distribution center in Rome that will employ 600 people. But it’ll do little to help 350,000 Georgians who have given up looking for full-time work.
State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler says includes the words "encouraging" and "economy improving" in his comments Monday concerning the latest Georgia unemployment report. The seasonally adjusted jobless rate fell to 10.0 percent in March, down two tenths of a point from February's 10.2.
Laid-off workers filing for unemployment benefits rose by more than 18 percent in January over the month before. 89,659 laid-off workers filed initial claims for unemployment insurance benefits in January, an increase of 14,024, or 18.5 percent, from 75,635 in December. But, there was a decline of 5,605, or 5.9 percent, from 95,264 claims filed in January 2010.
No metro area in the state was spared the pain of further job losses from October to November. Nearly all major metro areas had spikes in unemployment percentages of at least a half-percentage point—or more.
“Stagnant” is the word Georgia’s top labor official used Thursday to describe the state’s job market. The jobless rate stands at 10 percent – the same as a year ago. To stimulate hiring, the state will expand its job training program. Critics say the program is free labor for employers because trainees aren’t paid.