That’s the spirit

The Covington News - - Opinion -

We know it’s tough out there, be­cause it’s ev­i­dent in the num­bers.

The un­em­ploy­ment rate in Ge­or­gia has been float­ing around 10 per­cent for a year now, and there’s nearly 9 per­cent more Ge­or­gians who are con­sid­ered long-term unem­ployed than there were a year ago, ac­cord­ing to the Ge­or­gia Depart­ment of La­bor. Those folks, who have been out of work for at least six months, now ac­count for some 53 per­cent of the state’s unem­ployed work­force.

Our state has ex­ceeded the na­tional un­em­ploy­ment rate for 47 months now.

New­ton County has been an un­for­tu­nate leader in this cat­e­gory, and that con­tin­ues. First-time claims for ben­e­fits were up 10 per­cent last month.

It’s easy to be­come dis­heart­ened by this un­abated mis­ery, but some of our neigh­bors are find­ing ways to rein­vent them­selves.

On Wed­nes­day, we told you about Angie Day and two other New­ton County res­i­dents who have delved deep and found a bit of en­trepreneur­ship in their souls.

Angie found her­self out of work ear­lier this year and has re­bounded by start­ing her own clean­ing busi­ness.

The for­mer para­le­gal was will­ing to step out­side her com­fort zone and try some­thing new, and she’s reap­ing some suc­cess in our down econ­omy.

Here’s to Angie and all the other en­trepreneurs out there. Yes, it’s a tough world. And yes, it’s scary, too.

Thank good­ness for Angie and oth­ers who show that the can-do attitude is still alive. They’re point­ing the way to bet­ter eco­nomic days that are sure to come.

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