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ALBANY, GA (WALB) –  Georgia labor officials are hoping a job summit planned for January might help restart Georgia's stalled job market.

In November, Dougherty County's Unemployment rate remained among the highest in the state at 11.1 percent. Albany's rate was down slightly to 10.2 percent.

In southwest Georgia Atkinson, Ben Hill, Berrien, Coffee, Cook, Decatur, Irwin, Quitman, Randolph, and Sumter had higher rates. Georgia Labor Commissioner Michael Thurmond said he doesn't expect the state's unemployment rate of 10.2 percent to fluctuate much in the next year.

Thurmond hopes by bringing together business and banks for January 18th, job summit, they can convince banks to ease loan restrictions allowing private businesses to expand and add jobs.


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