July 6, 2012-
The Georgia Department of Labor has announced that some recipients of federal Emergency Unemployment Compensation, or EUC, will lose those extended benefits after July 7th.
EUC had been established in 2008 to offer assistance to the long-term unemployed.
The reason for ending these benefits is because the state's unemployment rate has declined over the past three months.
In order for a state to qualify for EUC, it must have a three month average unemployment rate of 9.0%. Georgia, however, comes in at 8.9%.
"Job seekers over the long haul have become frustrated," said Cynthia Drayton, who works for the Georgia Department of Labor as a career center manager. "However, we're encouraging them to stay positive, stay aggressive, stay assertive."
The career center in Thomasville is offering resources, such as resume workshops and online services, to help those people who are searching for employment.
"We're providing job seekers with whatever tools and insight that we have, in order to give them that competitive edge to get back in the job market," Drayton said.
Ricardo Barret has been unemployed for about six months. He says the career center has been helpful.
"It's kind of broadened my horizon and let me find jobs I probably wouldn't have even thought about."
Although the unemployment rate has remained steady in Georgia, Barret is optimistic.
"I feel like my job could come any day now," he said.