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January unemployment numbers new state record

By Jim Wallace - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

If you are looking for a job, the news remains grim. January's unemployment rate in Georgia rose to a new record high, 8.6% in January.

The Georgia Department of Labor estimates that almost 413,000 Georgians are out of work and looking for a job.

One of those searching for a job is Albany's Ronnie Beecroft. He has been searching for a job since August.

Jeannette Doyle of Albany is also looking for work, to support her two children. Both say it is stressful because of the high unemployment rate, but are keeping up their hopes.

Beecroft said  "It's getting worse for us everyday, seems like. Things closing down, factories closing down, businesses closing down. Pretty bad."

Doyle said"I'll find a job. I'm determined. I have faith."

Georgia Department of Labor Employment Marketing Representative Lynne Jones said "Jobs don't necessarily go to the best qualified people. They go to the people who are best qualified in their job searching techniques."

Jones says the Department of Labor can help people sharpen their job search tools, in these tough times.

Georgia's unemployment rate remains above the national rate for the 15th consecutive month. Almost 184,000 Georgians are receiving unemployment insurance benefits.

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