Georgia Struggles With Unemployment

By: Jacquie Slater Email
By: Jacquie Slater Email

The latest unemployment numbers are out and Georgia tops the list.

The Department of Labor found Georgia has lost more than 33,000 jobs in the last year. That translates to an unemployment rate of 10.2%., compared to a national average of 9%.

"I just recently graduated from college, Valdosta State, in May and looking for a job has been difficult," said Justin Had.

In Southwest Georgia, the unemployment rate is slightly lower at 9.9%, something Department of Labor Officials in the area attribute to staying positive.

"I believe that employers have been very proactive. I believe that job seekers have also been proactive in trying to market their skills, trying to get employment quickly and as a result, we've seen lower unemployment here," said Cynthia Drayton of the Thomasville Department of Labor.

Derrick Smith is a Thomas County resident who has been looking for a job for quite some time. He said knowing the area rate is lower than the rest of the state gives him hope.

"It makes me feel a little better that jobs could be out there, you know? And I just constantly look. I look everyday," said Smith.

Officials say the majority of job losses in the state have been in the fields of government, construction, and financial activities while Southwest Georgia has seen *gains* in Health Care jobs and manufacturing.

One thing job seekers aren't doing is giving up hope.

"I talk to other job seekers and it's frustrating, but we just keep our fingers crossed and pray, you know. Hopefully something will come available," said Derrick Smith.

For more information on the Department of Labor reports, go to http://www.dol.state.ga.us/


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