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By Wainwright Jeffers - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) – New numbers show Albany's unemployment rate dropped slightly in December, but African Americans are still being hit hard.

Nationwide, the unemployment rate for black workers is 86 percent higher than for whites. The unemployment rate for African Americans is 15.8 percent compared to 8.5 percent for whites.

Darton Economics professor Aaron Johnson said a number of factors contribute to the higher number.

"Some of it is socioeconomic, some of it has to deal with family structure," said Johnson.

Another is transportation.

"Now jobs are more dispersed to different parts of the city, sometimes it's about getting access to the jobs," said Johnson.

Overall, the Albany area unemployment decreased to 10.5 percent in December, down two-tenths of a percentage point from November.

Unemployment in the southwest Georgia region remained unchanged at 10.3-percent.

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