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    Georgia ranked second in the Southeast Region in April 2021 in paying unemployment insurance benefits to claimants timely behind Mississippi who processes only a quarter of the claims Georgia processes. Georgia ranks second in the nation among the top ten states by population for processing claims in categories less than 21...
    Today, the Georgia Department of Labor (GDOL) announced it has processed 4,828,381 regular unemployment insurance (UI) claims since March 21, 2020, more than the last 10 years prior to the pandemic combined (4.8 million). In addition to a high number of claims, the GDOL is combatting unemployment insurance fraud on...
    In April, 82 percent of the Georgians receiving unemployment benefits earned less than $20,000 annually in their prior employment, but with the federal unemployment insurance supplements, these individuals were receiving an equivalent salary of $28,808. While the Georgia Department of Labor (GDOL) and Governor Brian Kemp’s office last week announced...
    Today Governor Brian Kemp and Georgia Department of Labor Commissioner Mark Butler announced Georgia’s plan for reemployment and economic recovery. To address workforce shortages and boost a full economic recovery, state labor officials plan to end Georgia’s participation in federal pandemic unemployment programs, effective Saturday, June 26, 2021. Over the...
    Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler (R) is considering ending federal unemployment benefits, which were expanded during the coronavirus pandemic, in an effort to force them back into the workforce, The Associated Press reported on Tuesday. Kersha Cartwright, a spokesperson for Butler, says he met with Georgia Gov. Brian KempBrian KempKemp signs bill repealing citizen's arrest law after Ahmaud Arbery shooting...
    Businesses across the state have reopened their doors and are gearing up for Georgia’s summer tourism rush. After 14 months of intensive effort to provide unemployment insurance benefits to over 1.2 million Georgians, the Georgia Department of Labor (GDOL) has shifted its focus to reemployment in a strategic effort to...
    According to a Georgia Department of Labor (GDOL) April 2021 report, 99.4% of all eligible claimants with a benefit year beginning in March 2020 until present day that have requested a payment have received a payment. For March 2021, Georgia ranked first in the Southeast region in timeliness for all...
    Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said Thursday that Coastal Georgia saw positive over-the-month and over-the year measures for nearly every key indicator in March. Coastal Georgia unemployment rates for the last 13 months – – by Regional Commission (RC) / Source: GA Dept of Labor “We had another strong month...
    Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said Thursday that Heart of Georgia saw positive over-the-month and over-the year measures for nearly every key indicator in March. Heart of Georgia unemployment rates for the last 13 months – – by Regional Commission (RC) / Source: GA Dept of Labor “We had another...
    Atlanta, GA – The Georgia Department of Labor (GDOL) is awaiting the signing of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARP) by President Biden that will extend potential unemployment insurance benefits for those still unemployed through September 6, 2021.  The ARP will also extend the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC)...
    The Georgia Department of Labor (GDOL) announced today that Georgia’s unemployment rate dropped 0.2 percentage points in January to reach 5.1 percent and has decreased 7.4 percentage points since the start of the pandemic. Georgia’s January unemployment rate was 1.2 percent lower than the national unemployment rate. “In our first month...
    The U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) announced the award of $4.85 million to a consortium of Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) colleges to help meet labor market demands for a skilled workforce. The “Strengthening Community Colleges Training Grants” aim to address the skill development needs of employers and to...
            by Nyamekye Daniel  Georgia Department of Labor officials said claims the agency caused a delay that could harm the state’s financial rating are inaccurate. Sen. Steve Gooch, R-Dahlonega, said the state could be at risk of losing its AAA rating if the state auditor doesn’t receive additional documents from the Georgia Department of Labor (GDOL)...
    ATLANTA (AP) — Immigrant advocates say they fear workers at a Georgia poultry plant where a liquid nitrogen leak killed six people may not come forward to federal investigators for fear of arrest and deportation. Speaking at a news conference, lawyer Shelly Anand called Monday on the U.S. Department of Labor and U.S. Department of Homeland Security to work together...
              Georgians are circulating petitions demanding that the state government, particularly the Georgia Department of Labor (GDOL) begins responding to their requests for information. “This petition was started and organized by residents all throughout the State of Georgia that have filed claims with the Georgia Department of Labor,” says a Change.org petition started by...
            by Nyamekye Daniel  Six unemployed Georgians are suing the Georgia Department of Labor (GDOL) for its failure to process their unemployment claims. When the COVID-19 pandemic hit Georgia, Lisa English was a contracted bookkeeper for a retail company in Fulton County. She was laid off for eight weeks because of the public health shutdowns and...
    President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenCapitol Police officer dies following riots Rep. Joaquin Castro wants to prevent Federal government from ever naming buildings, property after Trump Tucker Carlson: Trump 'recklessly encouraged' Capitol rioters MORE said Friday that he considered nominating Sen. Bernie Sander (I-Vt.) as Labor secretary but that the two agreed it was unwise to do so because it would jeopardize...
    President-elect Joe Biden revealed on Friday that he strongly considered nominating Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) for Labor Secretary, citing his dedication to working Americans. After praising Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, who will ultimately become Biden’s Labor Secretary, the president-elect announced that he had previously considered nominating Sanders prior to the Democrats’ Georgia Senate election victory. “I can think of no more passionate, devoted ally to...
    The City of Guyton could violate Georgia law governing the use of SPLOST revenues if it approves a measure slated for Tuesday’s council meeting. The agenda lists “Consideration to Approve the City Manager to Coordinate with the County regarding the Guyton Prison Work Detail” and the city’s agenda packet details...
    ATLANTA (AP) — After months of complaints from people who have struggled to file unemployment claims, Georgia officials announced Thursday that they would begin scheduling troubleshooting appointments online. The Georgia Department of Labor said Thursday that it would launch a program on Monday that would offer 3,000 appointments in the two-week pilot program. New time slots will become available on...
    Governor Brian P. Kemp announced this week that the Technical College System of Georgia’s (TCSG) Office of Workforce Development, in partnership with the Georgia Department of Labor, was recently awarded an additional $13 million in dislocated worker relief funding by the U.S. Department of Labor, bringing the total grant award...
    Georgia Democrats' demand for a federal review of the state's unemployment payment process is a political attack, Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said Monday. Members of the Georgia House Democratic Caucus Subcommittee on COVID-19 announced Friday they sent a letter to U.S. Rep. Lucy McBath, D-Georgia, calling for an investigation into the department's process. The 10 Democrats claimed the Georgia...
    By JEFF AMY, Associated Press ATLANTA (AP) — New unemployment figures show Georgia's recovery from the economic shock of the pandemic is slowing. August saw the fewest number of new jobs added since the state's labor market began bouncing back in May, with a large number of people dropping out the labor force. The slowing comes even as the state's...
    On September 10th, Governor Brian P. Kemp and Dr. Kathleen Toomey, Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH), are asking all Georgians – especially those who may have participated in large gatherings over the Labor Day holiday weekend – to schedule a COVID-19 test at one of the...
    ATLANTA (AP) — Nineteen people were killed on Georgia roads over the three-day Labor Day weekend, nearly doubling the number of deaths from the 2019 holiday, authorities said. On Tuesday, the Georgia State Patrol said 17 crashes over the weekend were fatal, resulting in the deaths of 19 people, including pedestrians, motorcyclist and bicyclist, news outlets reported. Last year, the...
    Traffic crashes across Georgia during the 78-hour long Labor Day holiday travel period resulted in 17 fatal crashes and 19 fatalities reported to the Georgia State Patrol (GSP).  The holiday travel period began at 6 p.m. on Fri., Sept. 4, and ended at 11:59 p.m. on Mon., Sept. 7. Statewide, GSP Troopers investigated 331...
    To ease traffic congestion statewide during the Labor Day holiday weekend, the Georgia Department of Transportation (Georgia DOT) is suspending interstate highway construction-related lane closures from noon Friday, September 4 through 5:00 a.m. Tuesday, September 8. Lane closures will also be limited on major state routes that directly...
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    Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said Thursday that Coastal Georgia’s labor force increased in July. Additionally, Coastal Georgia saw a monthly increase in employed residents and a monthly decrease in initial claims for July. “As the state continues to reopen, we are going to see wild fluctuations up...
    Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said Thursday that Heart of Georgia’s labor force increased in July. Additionally, Heart of Georgia saw a monthly decrease in initial claims for July. “As the state continues to reopen, we are going to see wild fluctuations up and down of the unemployment...
    Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said Thursday that Southern Georgia’s labor force increased in July. Additionally, Southern Georgia saw a monthly increase in employment and a monthly decrease in initial claims for July. “As the state continues to reopen, we are going to see wild fluctuations up and...
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