"They have a job somewhere," Ard said. "They just live in Oconee."
So why is Oconee County's unemployment rate so low? Ard has an educated guess.
"It's a bedroom community of the University of Georgia," he said.
But not every county can be as lucky as Oconee. Clay County, sitting near the southwestern corner of the state, suffers the highest unemployment rate at 9.8 percent. It's one of 29 counties (18 percent of Georgia) that suffers from an unemployment rate of 7 percent or greater.
Most of Georgia (34 percent) has an unemployment rate between 5 and 5.9 percent. That includes Fulton and DeKalb counties.
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