It’s a tale of two (or more) stories for the Georgia Department of Labor. Labor Commissioner Mark Butler announced Friday that regular unemployment insurance initial claims totaled 20,698, down 1,826 over the week and reminded Georgians that the state was ending participation in the federal programs and reinstating pre-pandemic UI requirements. At the same time, The Southern Poverty Law Center and an Atlanta-based law firm announced that they have filed a class action lawsuit against the GDOL and Butler over the long delays suffered by some out-of-work Georgians during the pandemic. And Sen. Jon Ossoff (D-GA) secured a commitment from a key Biden Administration appointee to help fix what he called Georgia’s broken unemployment insurance system. 

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