Power Breakfast: Recession’s impact, F-22, Lake Lanier

No one is immune to this economic bug.

A new state Department of Labor report says white men in Georgia have been laid off in much higher numbers than any other group. They are now the largest group of workers receiving unemployment benefits in the state, write AJC reporters Tammy Joyner and Michael Kanell.

Before the recession began at the end of 2007, black women were the largest group receiving benefits, said Michael Thurmond, state labor commissioner.

Meanwhile, defense programs are getting axed. The U.S. Senate cut off funding for the F-22 Raptor fighter jet assembled in Marietta.

With the 58-40 vote, production at Lockheed Martin’s Marietta plant and other factories that make parts of the plane is expected to end in 2011, writes AJC reporter Bob Keefe.

And among public workers, teachers face three unpaid furlough days as the state moves to fill a $900 million hole in the budget with a number of cuts, writes AJC reporter Aaron Gould Sheinin.

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