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.