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Sat May 23, 2020, 07:27 AM

Reopening reality check: Georgia's jobs arent flooding back

Georgia’s early move to start easing stay-at-home restrictions nearly a month ago has done little to stem the state’s flood of unemployment claims — illustrating how hard it is to bring jobs back while consumers are still afraid to go outside.

Weekly applications for jobless benefits have remained so elevated that Georgia now leads the country in terms of the proportion of its workforce applying for unemployment assistance. A staggering 40.3 percent of the state's workers — two out of every five — has filed for unemployment insurance payments since the coronavirus pandemic led to widespread shutdowns in mid-March, a POLITICO review of Labor Department data shows.

Georgia's new jobless claims have been going up and down since the state reopened, rising to 243,000 two weeks ago before dipping to 177,000 last week. The state cited new layoffs in the retail, social assistance and health care industries for the continued high rate of jobless claims that have put it ahead of other states in the proportion of its workforce that has been sidelined.

Georgia, which began pushing to resume economic activity on April 24, presents an early reality check as the White House amps up pressure on governors to lift shutdown orders and President Donald Trump’s economic advisers predict jobless claims will nosedive after the reopening. The state’s persistent unemployment numbers suggest that government restrictions aren’t the only cause of skyrocketing layoffs and furloughs — and that the economy might not fully recover until consumers feel safe.

Georgia, one of the last states to impose widespread shutdowns, has loosened restrictions on a broad array of businesses and dine-in restaurants since its stay-at-home order officially expired on April 30. Only bars, nightclubs, theaters, live music venues and amusement parks remain fully shuttered through the end of May.

https://www.politico.com/news/2020/05/21/georgia-reopening-coronavirus-jobs-273070

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Troll2 May 23 OP
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Muddling Through May 23 #2
Charlie Mike May 23 #3
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Sat May 23, 2020, 07:33 AM

1. I guess you didn't listen to all who said we wouldn't just flip a switch and all would be good...

No.....it will take time for the jobs to come back but you haters just go ahead keep rooting against it

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Sat May 23, 2020, 07:34 AM

2. It takes time to spin things back up to speed.

Further easing of restrictions would help businesses like restaurants, hotels, barber shops etc to earn revenue.

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Sat May 23, 2020, 09:03 AM

3. Lemme guess, you think staying shutdown longer will make it easier.

When you listen to fools, the mob rules.

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Sat May 23, 2020, 02:50 PM

4. Come on, dude. You know why nobody wants to get back to work.

Unemployment checks for EVERYONE!
No questions asked!
$600 A WEEK bonus on top of the check!

Most of these deadbeats are making WAY more money on the couch than they ever did at work.

Cut off the "bonus" and see how long they flop on the couch.

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Sat May 23, 2020, 02:57 PM

5. Reopening doesnt bring the jobs back back while consumers are still afraid to go out

Turns out reopening doesn’t magically fix a viral pandemic.

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