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Albany's unemployment rate rose to10.5%

By Christian Jennings - bio | email

ALBANY,  GA (WALB) – New staggering unemployment numbers. Metro Albany's rate rose to 10.5%  last month. That's up from 10.2% in November.

The Albany Department of Labor office was packed Thursday with folks looking for work and filing for unemployment benefits. Wanda Green was unexpectedly laid off two weeks ago. She says there are a lot of temporary job openings, but few full time opportunities. She's even thinking of moving with her three kids to Boston because of the lack of jobs in south Georgia.

"My struggle is getting the companies that are hiring to give me a return or return my call or send me a letter saying they were interested. But most of the letters I receive is that they're doing no hiring," said Green.

Southwest Georgia's unemployment rate is the same as the state's record high of 10.3%. On a positive note the Labor Department reports educational and health services added more than 11,000 jobs over last year.

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