"Hopefully, I can get a job sometime soon. I'm just trying."
Arthur Brown's been unemployed for five months.
He's been spending many of his days at the Georgia Department of Labor, looking to land a job.
But the market isn't looking too bright now.
"I get discouraged sometimes, but I don't let it bother me. I just keep on going, keep on trying, keep my head up," said Arthur Brown. "I keep going because eventually something is going to happen."
New unemployment numbers for the city of Valdosta show a rise from 8.9 percent in December to 9.2 in January, that's 219 more unemployed residents.
January marked the 40Th consecutive month Georgia exceeded the national unemployment rate and with those numbers up here in Valdosta, it's not leaving much room for optimism.
"Can I be the one to get and keep a job? Because you never miss a good thing til it's gone," said Jerome Smith.
A reason many South Georgians hope the economic ball gets rolling.
The state says the increase is because of layoffs in manufacturing, construction, and retail trade.