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Jobless Rate rises in South Georgia

By Christian Jennings - bio | email

ALBANY,  GA (WALB) -  The South Georgia jobless rate rises again.  September's rate rose to 10.2, up from 9.9 in August.  Albany's rate rose to 10.3%.

George Ferguson was laid off from Cooper Tire earlier this year.  He's worked side jobs make ends meet, but is still searching for a job that brings in a steady income for his family again.

"A lot of jobs are leaving Albany. So it kind of puts you in the situation where everybody's going for the few spots and positions, so you have to be the most outstanding," said Ferguson.

Coffee county has the highest jobless rate in our region, and one of the highest in the state. 16.8% of the county is looking for work.

That's likely because Pilgrim's Pride closed it's Douglas plant in May. It employed nearly 1300 people and indirectly provided about 2500 other jobs.

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