Employment gloom, though, isn’t universal. There were 10,100 fewer long-term unemployed in August than there were in July, according to the Labor Department. And some companies are hiring, with 17,800 payroll jobs added in both private and public sectors during August.
“People who have skills can get jobs, but those without skills are having a more challenging time,” said JoAnn McLean, economic development director for Goodwill of North Georgia. Overall, “we’ve had a substantial increase over a year ago in people getting jobs.”
Goodwill’s seven Career Centers placed 447 people in jobs in August 2009. This August, the Centers found jobs for 674 people.
Nonetheless, Georgia’s unemployment rate has topped the national average, currently 9.6 percent, for 35 consecutive months.