As of June 26, Georgia will no longer participate in a federal unemployment program that pays jobless people $300 per week. The state is also terminating services that pay federal funds to those that are not normally eligible for state unemployment benefits or who have been without a job for longer than the law allows.
Around 390,000 jobless Georgians could see their incomes fall as a result of the changes. The withdrawals were announced on Thursday by Governor Brian Kemp and Labor Commissioner Mark Butler. "We’ve got to get more people in the workforce," Governor Kemp said on America's Newsroom, a segment on Fox News. He continued, "We have a record number of jobs in Georgia. Georgia is open for business!