Closer Look: State Labor Commissioner Assesses The State of Georgia’s Workforce; Study Sheds Light On Factors Associated With Suicide Among Georgia Farmers; Charge Launches Charging, Docks for E-Bikes and Scooters in Atlanta

Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler at the DeKalb Department of Labor field office.
Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler at the DeKalb Department of Labor field office.
Credit Grace Walker

Tuesday on “Closer Look with Rose Scott:”

  • 0:00: Rose gives a new brief on former Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams, who will testify before Congress today. Abrams will address the House Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties on the sixth anniversary of Shelby County v. Holder, which invalidated a provision of the 1965 Voting Rights Act. Abrams is scheduled to speak on the effects of the 2013 Supreme Court ruling, which some advocates say led to increased voter suppression.
  • In other news, this year’s annual State of the Nation Housing report was released this morning by Harvard University’s Joint Center for Housing studies. We hear the latest data on the state of the nation’s housing market.
  • 4:45: Multiple studies have shown that farmers and agricultural workers are at elevated risk of suicide. Now, a new report from the University of Georgia sheds light on the stressors Georgia farmers, specifically, face. The study, led by Anna Scheyett, Dean of the University of Georgia School of Social Work, examines 106 cases if suicide among farmers and agriculture workers which were recorded in the Georgia Violent Death Reporting System from 2008 to 2015  Dean Scheyett joins Closer Look in studio from WUGA to discuss the common stressors she identified that can lead to elevated risk of suicide and how increased access to mental health services can help.
  • 21:28: Recently released numbers from the Georgia Department of Labor show Georgia saw an increase in jobs during the month of May. The state added 2,600 jobs, bringing its total up to over 4.5 million. The Labor Department also reported other promising statistics such as a decrease in unemployment. But, are working Georgians feeling the effects of these positive numbers? And what do long-term trends tell us about employment in the state? We ask Labor Commissioner Mark Butler, who recently met Closer Look at the DeKalb Department of Labor field office and Career Center for a conversation about the state of Georgia’s workforce.
  • 41:54: A new type of e-scooter-related company is coming to Atlanta. Get Charged Inc., or “Charged,”  is a New York-based self-described micro ability company that specializes in charging, storage and service stations for e-scooters and e-bikes. The company recently announced it has secured over 250 charging station locations in Atlanta. We hear more about the company’s plans and how docks and charges could help with safety and congestion in the city.
Get Charged Inc. is coming to Atlanta. (Photo courtesy of Charge Inc.)

Closer Look is produced by Candace Wheeler and Grace Walker. Joy Barge is a contributing producer.