Georgia’s labor commissioner is refusing to restart jobless benefits to seasonally unemployed teachers and bus drivers, setting up a showdown between state and federal officials. The U.S. Labor Department said last month that Georgia was violating employment law by denying the benefits.
The latest numbers from the state’s labor department reflect a still sputtering economy in Georgia. The jobless rate rose into double-digits in July. It was up two-tenths of a point to 10.1 percent. Georgia lost more than 30,000 jobs last month, with the bulk of those seasonal layoffs in state and local education.