If you have a “5” in front of your age, our Working guy says you’re in trouble when it comes time to find a job. An avalanche of data is starting to show that having a “1” or a “2” in front of your age might not be so great either. Brandon Smith explains why it’s hard for 16-to-24-year-olds to find work and the one simple step they can take to start reducing the youth unemployment rate.
Legislation to renew jobless benefits for the long-term unemployed has cleared an initial Senate hurdle, but the bill's fate remains in doubt. The vote Tuesday was 60-37 to limit debate on the legislation, with a half-dozen Republicans siding with the Democrats. Georgia Senators Saxby Chambliss and Johnny Isakson voted against the bill. They are concerned the legislation will add to the deficit.
Congress did not extend jobless benefits for the long term unemployed in the budget it passed before the Christmas break.That means nearly 40,000 Georgians will lose extended federal jobless benefits on Dec. 28. GPB News' Ellen Reinhardt spoke to two people say once they lose their benefits, they will have nowhere else to turn.
Georgia is now officially the number one place to do business, according to Site Selection magazine. Gov. Nathan Deal announced the ranking at the state Capitol Monday, touting it as one more fulfilled campaign promise. But critics call the designation ‘meaningless,’ saying it doesn’t give an accurate description of Georgia’s economic health.
Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler says the state has made significant progress repaying the federal government for loans that covered unemployment benefits in recent years. After the beginning of the recession, Georgia went more than $721 million into debt to the federal government to cover the cost of unemployment benefits.
State labor officials say metro Atlanta's unemployment rate has risen to 8.9 percent. The Georgia Department of Labor announced the new numbers early Thursday. The 8.9 percent jobless rate for June was up seventh-tenths of a percent point, from 8.2 percent in May. That was still under the 9.3 percent rate in June a year ago.