The unemployment rate in Jackson County hit 7.4 percent in November, double the rate it was just one year ago. According to state numbers, some 2,097 Jackson Countians are unemployed.
Initial unemployment claims fell slightly from October 2008 to November 2008, but the claims are up nearly 50 percent over last year.
Both numbers are likely to stay high in the coming months as the economic downturn continues to create layoffs and higher unemployment in the area. Statewide in November, the unemployment rate topped 7.5 percent, the highest in more than 25 years.
The last time Georgia posted a seasonally adjusted unemployment rate at this level was in July of 1983, when the rate was also 7.5 percent. The state rate remained above the national rate of 6.7 percent for the 10th straight month. At present, 365,244 unemployed Georgians are looking for work.
Have you seen the stats for Hall and Forsyth? Their ability to keep a progressive eye on the future in addition to making common sense decisions will help them enjoy an easier transition to change. It's just proof that Good Ol' Boy politicians are not what we need now. It's time for Liberal thought and action. Perhaps Jackson's County Commission could learn a thing or two by observing the big boys.