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Georgia unemployment brings mixed news

Aaron Johnson teaches economics at Darton College Aaron Johnson teaches economics at Darton College

By Karen Cohilas - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) –  The Department of labor says the state's unemployment rate in April dropped by a tenth of a percent to 10.4%. But at the same time, the number of long term unemployed grew by more than 10,000 in Georgia.

Those without jobs for six months or more now make up 43% of jobless Georgians. For more than two and a half years, Georgia's jobless rate has exceeded the national average, which is now 9.9%. And Aaron Johnson who teaches economics at Darton College, says the longer someone is unemployed, the harder it is to find a job later on.

"Think about having a resume. When you have a significant gap in unemployment, it makes you harder to become employable and so that's one of the key things that we as policy handlers are looking at, how can we improve that number," Johnson said.

Johnson says one major problem that results from long-term unemployment is that people lose job skills and have the need for more job skills training.

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