Labor Department to Actually Labor


In yet another sign of a troubled economy, state Labor Department staffers have been asked to work 10-hour days, and unemployment offices will stay open longer to meet the demands of Georgia’s jobless.

Labor Commissioner Michael Thurmond plans to announce the changes today.

By the way, has the state ever laid off workers?


  1. griftdrift says:

    Yes. They’ve also been furloughed, early retired, had their pay frozen for years and everything else you see in the private sector and a few things you don’t.

    But don’t let that get in your way.

  2. ChuckEaton says:

    The Governor has given department heads the order to produce a budget with 6%, 8%, and 10% reductions. Obviously there is legislative and executive oversite, but for the most part the departments have had to prioritize where the cuts will be. This can involve not hiring for open positions, which is some of what we have done at the PSC to achieve the reductions. I’m not talking about imaginary open positions, but real positions where somone has recently left and it’s not being filled.

    Other people have already been laid off, like the recent elimination of the Consumer’s Utility Council.

    The states, unlike the federal government, are required to balance their budgets.

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