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.
Georgia's seasonally adjusted jobless rate for February was the lowest since January 2009, down to 8.6 percent from 8.7 percent in January. The Georgia Department of Labor announced the February numbers early Thursday.
Georgia’s underemployment rate for the 12 months ending in June was 16.4 percent. These are people who want more work but cannot find it. Brandon Smith talks about whether it’s better to be underemployed and getting something on your resume or unemployed and focusing all your efforts on the job search.