On the Week in Review for May 17-23, WABE’s Managing Editor Alex Helmick showcases stories from our journalists on the state’s unemployment numbers.
Georgia is experiencing its highest unemployment on record at 11.9% in April. State officials say since the start of the pandemic, two million claims for unemployment have come into the Department of Labor.
The state is still having problems processing claims, with 25,000 people eligible for federal relief of $600 a week waiting for the cash because they have not made the correct online request for it.
‘If we have lost the public’s trust, I hope we can gain it back…’
We are constantly inundated with numbers when it comes to the coronavirus pandemic. And it is Georgia’s Department of Public Health that is facing a crisis of confidence after weeks of numbers blunders. As people are trying to use that data to make decisions, there is increasing scrutiny on how the agency collects and communicates important statistics about the coronavirus pandemic.
A third man has been arrested in the death of Ahmaud Arbery. The 25-year old black man was jogging in south Georgia when he was shot and killed by two white men, who were charged with murder earlier this month. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation took William “Roddie” Bryan Jr. into custody on Thursday. He’s charged with felony murder and criminal attempt to commit false imprisonment.
Cellphone video shows what happened when Arbery was killed. The 25-year-old comes upon a truck stopped in the road. After a brief scuffle, the video shows Arbery falling to the ground after a gun is fired. Investigators say Bryan took the cellphone video of the event. Bryan was said to have helped the McMichaels block Arbery while he was jogging. He says he was a bystander.
No trial date has been set for any of the defendants. Attorneys for the McMichaels say an unfair rush to judgment has been placed on their clients and the whole story will come out at court.
Remembering the past and highlighting the present…
The head of the NAACP of DeKalb says it is important to remember the past and highlight the present in race relations in this state. For Teresa Hardy that, in part, comes in the form of a plaque at the Decatur courthouse to honor African American lynching victims.