From the notebook of business editor Tim Rausch

Augusta weekly wage data opens eyes on certain professions

If your business has to pay for unemployment insurance, then the state has data on it. Quarterly, the department of labor assesses the mix of business and industry in the metro area.

 

Those who work in machinery manufacturing are the highest paid in the metro area. The average weekly wage is $1,807. Chemical manufacturing isn’t too shabby at $1,448 a week.

 

If you were to guess that food service is the lowest paid, you would be correct. There are 670 businesses in the CSRA under the category of accommodation and food service. The weekly wage – remember it is the average of everything – is $275.

 

It used to be worse. At the end of 2007, that average wage was $232.

 

Sectors that pay more than $1,000 a week: federal government, professionals or scientists, wholesale trade, transportation equipment, finance and insurance, paper manufacturing and fabricated metal products.

 

Clerks and garbage men are way down at $445. Retail is not much better at a $485 average weekly wage.

 

BROKERING A DEAL: News came in that Blanchard and Calhoun Commercial represented the buyer, a real estate investment trust, in the $9 million sale of a 67,000 square foot Publix-anchored shopping center in Lithia Springs, Ga.

 

NEW AUGUSTA LOCATION: Peoplelink is open at 1203 George C. Wilson Drive in Augusta. The office relocation happened earlier in the month.

 

Peoplelink is a staffing company that has 62 offices in the U.S. and is headquartered in South Bend, Ind.

 

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