December's unemployment rate rose to 10.2 percent an almost three percent increase from November. The Georgia Department of Labor said almost three-thousand Georgians were unemployed in December and nearly eighty--thousand workers were laid off. South Georgia residents said people in the area are hurting for employment.
"I know a lot of people who don't have jobs and it's hard to get a job just in fast food because a lot of us are either over qualified or not.qualified,' said Moultrie Resident Jennifer Hayes.
The Georgia Department of Labor said this is the 39th consecutive month the state has exceeded the national unemployment rate.