While US Gains 1.2 Million Jobs, Georgia Loses 32,600 Jobs

November 17, 2011

Georgia – New economic numbers show that while the United States has gained 1.2 million jobs since October 2010, Georgia has lost 32,600 jobs in that same period and remains one of the worst performing states in job creation. Now ten months into the Deal administration, Georgia continues a streak of 51 consecutive months with higher unemployment than the rest of the nation.

This job loss stands in direct contrast to the pledges of then-candidate Deal, who promised to “kick-start the economy” while making job creation the theme of his campaign bus tour.

Instead of addressing this issue, the Deal administration continues to blame Democrats at the national level. When asked if federal politics were inhibiting job creation in Georgia, Labor Commissioner Mark Butler stated that a “lack of leadership in Washington is a contributing factor to the overall lack of confidence in the (Georgia) economy.” Yet Butler’s explanation doesn’t address why Georgia has had higher unemployment than the rest of the nation for over four years running.

“These losses have all occurred under a Republican Administration that promised job creation. Georgians deserve better,” said Mike Berlon, Chairman of the Democratic Party of Georgia.

“Instead of avoiding responsibility for the lack of job creation and criticizing any plans that aren’t their own to jump start the economy, we challenge republicans to put together a plan for job creation that makes sense and puts Georgians back to work.”

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