Georgia unemployment higher than national average

By: Shalah Sasse Email
By: Shalah Sasse Email

News 12 This Morning, March 25, 2009

AUGUSTA, Ga. --- Donald Davis is trying to get back on his feet after losing his construction job.

"That was basically my livelihood as far as taking care of my family and my bills and stuff like that. And when you don't really have nothing to do as far as work something like that, it's kind of hard because you're used to working, and you want to keep going, but you can't go unless you have work to do," Donald Davis said.

Donald says he's been unemployed for more than three months.

"They just laid us off for lack of work, because the construction work around your houses, building and stuff like that wasn't enough work to keep everything going," Davis said.

Donald says he spends many hours at the Augusta Career Center, and he's not alone. The Georgia Department of Labor says the national unemployment rate is 8.1%, Georgia's unemployment rate is 9.3%, Richmond County's is 9.6%, Columbia County 6.4%, Burke County 11.5%, and Jenkins County's unemployment rate is 19.9%.

"It can be hectic with a lot of people coming down here looking for a job, trying to get their unemployment," Georgia Department of Labor, Assistant Manager, Michael Armstrong said.

Jarmmal Phillips spends several days a week at the Career Center looking for truck driver positions.

"I've got four years experience and haven't had any luck yet finding a job or a company to at least take a chance with me," Jarmmal Phillips said.

But he's staying positive, and hoping a job will come along soon.

"Think about it man, somebody been looking for four months. Some people have been looking for years. There's always somebody out there worst off than you. I just say in times like this we just need to stick together and show compassion toward one another," Phillips said.

The Georgia Department of Labor says Thursday the new unemployment numbers for Augusta will come out.


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