With Georgia unemployment at 10-percent and still higher than the national average, any news of an opening is going to attract a crowd. In coastal Liberty County, there's a rush of job-seekers to a metal forging facility opening soon.
Work Ready has used about $1.4 million in stimulus funds. And the state has certified 56 counties as "Work Ready," meaning that they've met educational and other goals. Rural areas, however, have few employers that recognize the certificate and even fewer are hiring.