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Georgia Labor Departments urges jobless not to give up

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) –Georgia's unemployment rate is down slightly, but not necessarily because people are finding jobs.  More people are giving up looking for work.

The jobless rate fell from 10 percent to 9.9 percent in July.

Still, tens of thousands of Georgians are looking for work, and the line at Albany's career center is still long.

The state labor department says Georgia's workforce shrank by more than 21,000 in July, as long termed unemployed people gave up their job searches.

But Labor department officials say you shouldn't give up.

Albany Career Center Manager Betty White said  "The main day that you decide you want to give up may be the day that you would be able to find a job. And getting up early in the morning when your mind is fresh, a lot of times that is when employers list their jobs the most."

The number of Georgia's payroll jobs in July decreased, while more than 68 thousand laid off workers filed initial claims.

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