Georgia’s unemployment rate remained at 10 percent in September, the state labor department reported Thursday.
September was the 36th consecutive month that Georgia has exceeded the national unemployment rate, which is currently 9.6 percent, the labor department said.
“Our state’s job market remains weak and employers have not resumed hiring at a pace necessary for recovery,” Labor Commissioner Michael Thurmond said in a statement. “Employers are hesitant to commit to the financial risks associated with hiring and training new employees in an uncertain economy.”
Although the unemployment rate was unchanged from August, the number of payroll jobs decreased two-tenths of a percentage point in September to total 3,813,800, the labor department said.
The persistent problem of long-term unemployment got worse in September. There were 236,600 unemployed Georgians who have been out of work for at least 27 weeks, the labor department said. This represents an increase of 66 percent from September of last year.
The long-term unemployed now account for more than half — 50.7 percent — of the 466,234 jobless workers in Georgia, the labor department said.
On the positive side, 57,146 laid-off workers filed initial claims for unemployment insurance benefits in September — a decrease of 18.7 percent from August.
Most of the first-time claims were filed in wholesale and retail trade, manufacturing, construction and administrative and support services, the labor department said.
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