Ga. Long-Term Joblessness High

April 18, 2011  |  

(AJC) — They get by with part-time jobs or loans from employed family members. They spend hours hunched over computers sending out resumes that go unanswered. They scurry along the networking treadmill, praying that a chance encounter will lead to a paycheck.  And, month after month, the long-term unemployed wonder if they’ll ever work again.  Jobless Americans who haven’t found work in at least 27 weeks, the federal tipping point for long-term unemployment, represent one of the more pernicious legacies of the Great Recession.  In Georgia, 51.3 percent of  jobless have unsuccessfully sought work for at least six months. Only South Carolina (51.8 percent) and New Jersey (51.4 percent) post a higher percentage of long-term unemployed, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). And only New Jersey surpasses Georgia for the percentage of jobless unable to find work after a year’s search.

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