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03 March 2010

GOP Labor Commissioner Candidate Says Obama Costing Georgia Jobs

State Rep. Melvin Everson (R - Snellville), the lone Republican running for Labor Commissioner, is on the attack today blaming President Obama for Georgia's record-setting unemployment rate.

"Obama’s unreasonable and unworkable policies of national energy taxes and the federalization of our healthcare systems are contributing factors to Georgia’s unemployment problems," Everson said. "The big-government mentality is helping to cripple all businesses – large and small – and it is costing us jobs and hurting families."

A report released by the state Dept. of Labor Wednesday said that unemployment 10.4% for the month of January [Morris, Mike (2010-3-3). State unemployment at record high in January. Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Retrieved on 2010-3-3.].

Everson said the high number of unemployed Georgians proves that it is time for a new direction in the state Labor Department.

"We need to create an environment where small businesses and innovative companies locate and grow right here in Georgia," Everson said. "We need to work with all of our available economic development and education outlets to foster that entrepreneurial sprit statewide."