State unemployment rate edges up

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The Augusta metro area shed jobs in August as the state's unemployment rate inched up to 10 percent for the month.

"Georgia's job market remains stagnant," state Labor Commissioner Michael Thurmond said. "Many employers are reluctant to hire because of the costs and risks associated with bringing on new employees."

Augusta lost 100 jobs between July and August, a 0.1 percent drop. But employment rose about 2 percent, or 3,800 jobs, since August 2009.

Areas in Augusta that lost jobs were service-providing, professional and business services and the federal government.

Sectors that gained jobs were trade, transportation and utilities, wholesale trade, educational and health services, other services and local government.

Georgia's unemployment rate increased from 9.9 percent in July to 10 percent in August as more laid-off workers filed initial unemployment claims, the state Department of Labor said.

The department attributed the increase to job losses in retail trade and construction across the state.

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inform
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inform 09/16/10 - 10:14 am
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The reason why people are

The reason why people are still unemployed is that they have no will to work. I have screened several applicants and all failed drug screening! If the Department of Labor will do random drug screens to make sure that the receivers are able to be employed we might lower that number. If you are eligible for unemployment benefits you should be eligible for random drug screening with no prior notice to try and clean up before testing,benefits should not be distributed until results come in during random testing time.

Chillen
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Chillen 09/16/10 - 10:18 am
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Why work when the government

Why work when the government pays you not to work?

Fawkes
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Fawkes 09/16/10 - 11:09 am
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I have not found anything and

I have not found anything and I am on month 4 of looking for work. I'd be glad to take a drug test wither for a job or if DOL wants me to.

grinder48
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grinder48 09/16/10 - 11:10 am
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inform - How does one apply
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inform - How does one apply for the jobs you were screening for?

Ushouldnthave
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Ushouldnthave 09/16/10 - 11:26 am
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Until we bring our

Until we bring our manufacturing jobs back from Central and South America (Cafta/Nafta) and asia, this will be the trend of the future until the US finally runs out of money.

Chillen
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Chillen 09/16/10 - 11:27 am
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I do have advice for those

I do have advice for those who are unemployed (not being mean, real advice).

Employers are getting increasingly picky because they can be. If you have been out of work for months, employers are starting to pass folks like you over because you are not working. They won't even bring you in for an interview.

They are looking for someone who has initiative. Someone who will work 2 or 3 part time jobs to make ends meet until they find a permanent job, not someone who collects unemployment instead.

Just food for thought. Keep yourself out there and semi-employed. You might even consider some form of self-employement. Clean homes, pet-sit, watch children for someone, if you are crafty make things & sell them. Just document your steps.

You'll be more attractive to those who are hiring.

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mr_hudson 09/16/10 - 12:41 pm
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to the haters - the reason

to the haters - the reason that people are unemployed is because there is no job to get.

employers can be picky because there are at least 100 applicants to a job and people might not have all the skill set and then there are gender, age, racial discrimination.

not every unemployed people is white, young, male and good looking. Otherwise the unemployment would be closed to zero.

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Chillen 09/16/10 - 12:59 pm
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So now unemployment is a

So now unemployment is a racial issue? Unbelievable.

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countyman 09/16/10 - 01:38 pm
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Chillen.... Yes, most jobs

Chillen.... Yes, most jobs hire based on qualifications. But race is still a factor in today's society. Their are studies who show black sounding names are 50 percent less likely to get a callback than white sounding names with comparable resumes.

I suspect a ''hispanic'' sounding names bring stereotypes as well.

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fishman960 09/16/10 - 01:28 pm
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IMO, race is an EMployment

IMO, race is an EMployment issue and I will use my last employer as an example. This company had more than 100 workers, and there were only three black workers (and only three female workers) on the whole crew. The real reason is because of the skills needed to perform the job. However, the main contractor filled the assembly line with mostly all black workers. Is this discrimination? I don't believe so. I think it deals more with your abilities. and more so with a lack of abilities. But like I said, this is just my OPINION.

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wizzardx1 09/16/10 - 01:32 pm
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There are 23 million

There are 23 million Americans out of work,there are 23 million illegal immigrants in the U S.

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j2says 09/16/10 - 01:54 pm
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Fishman960, the only thing

Fishman960, the only thing wrong with that example is you don't know who all applied for the jobs and their skill level. Sometimes people take the job that is available to them not because that's all they can do. It happens all the time.

When I was in college, the minority maintenance men on campus filed suit because they were not being considered for management positions when they had just as much time on the job if not more and often had more education than their white counterparts. There was one man that had a Bachelor's degree when his boss had not even finished high school and for the most part was illiterate.

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fishman960 09/16/10 - 02:00 pm
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j2, the way this company

j2, the way this company hired was this. The workers there would hear of a job opening and volunteer a person that they knew could do the job. It was grueling work. We are not talking about management jobs, we are talking about 12 hr days for 14 days straight. If you did not possess certain abilities you need not apply.

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boredinaug 09/16/10 - 08:30 pm
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Chillen...EVERYTHING is

Chillen...EVERYTHING is racial in Augusta...EVERYTHING! Even in Richmond county where the the black race is in the majority (52.8%, quickfacts.census.gov), someone is still crying foul.

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j2says 09/16/10 - 02:30 pm
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If worker there recommended

If worker there recommended others for the job it makes more sense why the racial make-up was the way it was. For the most part, whites are friends with other white people and recommended them for particular positions and blacks did the same with their friends and family. It doesn't mean that the people on the assembly line were only qualified to do that type of work they got the jobs they applied for. It's not like most employers would say "Oh, by the way I have this better paying position I think you are better suited for."

Insider Information
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Insider Information 09/16/10 - 03:00 pm
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Whewww... I'm glad $870

Whewww... I'm glad $870 billion was spent on stimulus. Without it, we might have unemployment in double digits.

Emerydan
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Emerydan 09/16/10 - 03:17 pm
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But I thought Deke had all of

But I thought Deke had all of these great connections and was bringing jobs here in record numbers. So where's the results? More jobs being shed. We lost a major corporate HQ last year. But lets build a ballpark and all our worries and troubles will vanish. Maybe Deke can sprinkle some of his magical pixie dust and get all of these people back to work.

Emerydan
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Emerydan 09/16/10 - 03:22 pm
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But Countyman.. I thought

But Countyman.. I thought Augusta was a boomtown...
waiting for you to spray some of your rose scented perfume on this heap of crap.

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seenitB4 09/17/10 - 07:29 am
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countyman...Billy Bob &

countyman...Billy Bob & Thelma Sue would have trouble landing a job too.
BUY AMERICAN PRODUCTS....if you want jobs back in the USA!

Why is that sooo hard to understand. (See Mr. Hotchkiss' article)

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