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By Tayleigh Davis - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - More Georgia workers are making less money. A new government study shows the number of Georgians who made minimum wage or lower jumped 86 percent last year.

It's especially tough for women workers. More than 140,000 hourly paid Georgians showed earnings at or below the federal minimum wage of $7.25.

8.9 percent of women workers in Georgia make minimum wage or lower. The owner of the Fun Park in Albany says he's not surprised because times are tough for all employers right now, but he still gives his employees raises.

" We give them an opportunity to make more depending on their abilities and their initiatives and we try to explain to them that's the way life is," said Owner, Buddie Blackwell.

More than two million Georgia workers were paid hourly wages last year. 7.2 percent were paid at or below the federal minimum wage.

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