Metro Atlantans found it tougher to get a job last month as the region’s unemployment rate inched up to 9.9 percent, the Georgia Department of Labor reported Thursday.
Meanwhile, the U.S. Senate failed Thursday to extend unemployment benefits to people who haven’t been able to find a job.
In Georgia, roughly 7,000 people a week lose unemployment insurance, AJC reporters Dan Chapman and Bob Keefe write.
“Those extensions were critical; they were all I had coming in,” said Chuck Mitchell, a Conyers tax adviser who received the benefits during 18 months of unemployment. “It wasn’t enough to cover my mortgage note, but every little bit helped. It definitely kept us afloat.”
U.S. Sens. Saxby Chambliss and Johnny Isakson, Republicans from Georgia, oppose extending the benefits. All Senate Republicans vowed to filibuster any financial assistance for the jobless if it added to the federal deficit.
“If it’s paid for, I’ll support it,” Chambliss said. “What I’m voting against is to continue to increase this massive debt we’ve got.”
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