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Jeff Humphreys
Jeff Humphreys

The three-tenths uptick in Georgia's unemployment rate for July was a disappointing trend according to Jeff Humphreys, director of the Selig Center for Economic Growth

Explaining that cuts to the state's public sector affected the labor numbers, Humphreys told Atlanta public radio station WABE: "At this stage of the business cycle, the government should actually be adding jobs.  the problem is spending got out of kilter with the government's ability to raise revenue.  In other words, over the last three years really, the state government has been trying to reconcile its ability to raise revenue with its spending and staffing levels."

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