More Georgia men unemployed

By Len Kiese - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - State Labor Commissioner Michael Thurmond calls it a "he-cession". It seems more Georgia men are taking a harder hit from this economic downturn than women.

The Georgia Department of Labor conducted a study that looked at the impact of the recession in the state. It found that the number of men drawing unemployment insurance benefits between December of 2007 and May of this year rose 160-percent.

Unemployed men now make up more than 57-percent of Georgians receiving unemployment insurance benefits. The Goodwill Career Center in Albany has seen a mixture of people coming in seeking jobs but they've also seen an up tick in men looking for work.

"There's still a great number of women out there job searching but just a few more men searching on a daily basis than women," said Career Center Manager Carol Ann Fields, "Monday alone there were over 130 people coming into the center so that's quite a few people to come into this one center."

The high number is most likely due to a loss in construction and manufacturing jobs. The study also shows that white men are being hit the hardest. White men receiving benefits increased 211-percent compared to 106-percent for black men.

Before the recession hit, black women were receiving the most state benefits. That group was the smallest in March of this year.

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