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.