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Georgia's unemployment stayed steady in March

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By Wainwright Jeffers

ALBANY GA, (WALB) - Georgia's unemployment stayed steady in March, the first time in 20-months that it didn't go up.

But that's little comfort to the thousands of south Georgians who can't find work.

Louis Gray is one of them.

He moved to Albany from Orlando in January hoping eventually to retire here.

Even with 20-years experience in air condition repair and maintenance, he's been turned down countless times, and he doesn't qualify for unemployment benefits.

"I've gotten rejections constantly and called everyone from A-Z in the phone book and they have absolutely no jobs, I understand the air condition field is slow now, and I've got a lot of people saying yea when it picks up," said Louis Gray, Unemployed.

Gray's power is scheduled to be shut off Friday, and he's worried he'll be evicted soon.

Nearly 450,000 unemployed Georgians are currently looking for work.

The unemployment rate of 9.2 percent is the highest its been since records were standardized more than 30-years ago.