New study shows recession in Ga. hurting male workers most

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The recession in Georgia has been particularly tough on working men, a state Labor Department study says.

Labor Commissioner Michael Thurmond said the study released today indicates a large loss of jobs in male-dominated professions, such as construction and manufacturing.

The number of men drawing unemployment insurance benefits between December of 2007, the official beginning of the current recession, and May of 2009 rose 160 percent, up from 34,136 to 88,612, the Labor Department said. Jobless males now make up 57.6 percent of Georgians receiving unemployment insurance benefits.

Before the recession, black women made up the largest demographic group receiving state benefits, according to the Labor Department. By March of 2009, they had become the smallest. White males have become the largest demographic group receiving state unemployment insurance benefits.

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ceewolfy
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ceewolfy 07/21/09 - 01:24 pm
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White males have become the

White males have become the largest demographic group receiving state unemployment insurance benefits. Another example of Generation Welfare. LOL

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themaninthemirror 07/21/09 - 03:11 pm
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ceewolfy- Don't laugh too

ceewolfy- Don't laugh too hard, because it is true. I am a middle aged educated white male, who, despite my qualifications and work history, is unable to find a job. And there are countless numbers like me in the CSRA. Last week I was at a job fair, and ran into a friend from high school who graduated from college with an engineering degree, and had been with the same company for the last twenty four years before being laid off last year, who is also unable to find a job.So laugh all you want, but those of us receiving unemployment benefits are not your typical "Welfare Generation".

ceewolfy
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ceewolfy 07/21/09 - 04:12 pm
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I really don’t think it’s

I really don’t think it’s funny at all. My sarcasm must have fell on deaf ears. The truth is that there is no such thing as generation welfare. My sarcasm was towards the group of people who think there is such a thing. When the truth is that every body will need help sooner or later. No one wants to be on government assistants.

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