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Monday, March 21, 2011

Warren County's abysmal unemployment rate, or, 'Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?'

If you live in Warren County and you're looking for work, you're in the wrong place.

Warren County and Hancock County had the two worst unemployment rates in the entire state for January 2011, the most recent month for which county-level stats appear to be available on the Georgia Department of Labor's Web site as of today.

Warren County's unemployment rate was 19 percent. As I recall from freshman economics, generally speaking, if you lined up every person in Warren County who is able to work and who wants a job, about one person out of five would be unable to find a job.

Hancock County's rate was 24.9%. In other words, if you lined up the same group of people in Hancock County, about one person out of every four would be unable to find a job.

Consider this: The national unemployment rate in 1932, at the height of the Great Depression, was 23.6%.

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