State Job Program Becomes a Model

April 26, 2010  |  

(Atlanta Journal-Constitution) — Long before this recession decimated the job market and drove unemployment to record highs, a little-known Georgia program was quietly putting people back to work through an innovative use of unemployment benefits.

Now, with many states running out of unemployment funds and desperate for ideas, the Georgia Works program is gaining national attention. Dozens of state officials seeking to replicate the program have contacted the Georgia Labor Department in recent months, while Washington policymakers have christened it a national model for job creation.

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