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Jobless rate decreases in Georgia

By Christian Jennings - bio | email

ALBANY,  GA (WALB) – The Georgia Department of Labor reports the state's unemployment rate declined last month. But it's still well above the national rate.

But although the overall number of jobless Georgians decreased in April, the number of long-term unemployed Georgians increased, that's referring to people who have been out of work for 27 weeks or longer. There are currently 215,000 people who have been jobless for that long.

Georgia's jobless rate now sits at 10.4% or 489,000 people struggling to find work. That's down from 10.5% from March.

Last year at this time around 9% of Georgians were looking for work. The national rate is now 9.9%.

Almost half of the people unemployed in the state of Georgia have been unemployed for 27 weeks or longer.

Since April 2009 Albany has only lost 300 jobs but Valdosta has lost 1,600.


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