By Kristi E. Swartz
Gov. Sonny Perdue on Tuesday signed legislation extending unemployment benefits to eligible Georgians by an additional 13 weeks and allowing people looking for part-time work to qualify for unemployment benefits.
Georgians also may receive unemployment benefits if they are training for a job in a high-demand industry because they were laid off from work in a declining one.
The state will be able to apply for $226 million in federal money to pay for the extended benefits.
Perdue also signed legislation allowing Georgia Power Co. to charge customers in advance for some costs of nuclear power plant construction.