Augusta loses 2,200 jobs in July

Thursday, Aug 18, 2011 10:54 AM
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The number of job in the Augusta metro area declined 2,200 in July, according to numbers released this morning by Georgia's labor department.

Most of the job losses come in the government sector. According to the state, there were 1,500 local government jobs lost in the months and 300 state jobs lost. Federal employment added 100 jobs to the metro area.

The metro area also lost 400 jobs in retail, 200 in leisure and hospitality, and 100 in professional and business services.

A gain was seen in health and construction sectors, 100 jobs each, according to the labor department.

Statewide, Georgia lost 28,400 jobs in July, most of them coming from the Atlanta area. Other metro areas seeing jobs losses were Valdosta, Warner Robbins, Dalton and Rome.

Athens, Albany, Columbus, Savannah and Macon had job growth.

Compared to July 2010, Augusta is down by 2,600 jobs, with the declines similarly being seen in government and retail.

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seenitB4
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seenitB4 08/18/11 - 11:15 am
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Oh don't worry President O is

Oh don't worry President O is pushing a jobs plan....the AJC has an article about that.....too little--too late ...a new round of stimulus spending------WOW...I can see the fireworks already!!

Dixieman
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Dixieman 08/18/11 - 11:27 am
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Yeah...but y'all will just

Yeah...but y'all will just have to wait until after he gets back from his couple of weeks vacation on Martha's Vineyard for him to announce his plan, okay? Just hand in there. Maybe lose a few pounds if you can't afford food. O will be getting back to you on this real soon, okay? Just let the man rest up a little.

kiwiinamerica
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kiwiinamerica 08/18/11 - 11:31 am
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Countyman has been delayed
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Countyman has been delayed but will be here shortly to explain to your ignorant butts why this is a GOOD thing. Pay attention and listen up. His words of wisdom will lift the fog before your eyes.

Augusta is BOOMTOWN!! Got it??!!

slickrayder
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slickrayder 08/18/11 - 11:39 am
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2600 JOBS GONE AND LOST OH

2600 JOBS GONE AND LOST OH MY!!!!!AWWW ,dont worry . JUST ASK FRED RUSSELL FOR A JOB . HE WILL CREATE ONE FOR U AND EVEN GIVE YOU A BE FAT RAISE. AND MIGHT GIVE YOU SOME BACK PAY.. LMAO

Patty-P
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Patty-P 08/18/11 - 11:53 am
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Waiting to see how countyman

Waiting to see how countyman spins this one.

Taylor B
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Taylor B 08/18/11 - 12:05 pm
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Its not the governments job

Its not the governments job to create employment, but they can let it happen.

Asitisinaug
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Asitisinaug 08/18/11 - 12:11 pm
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PattyP, don't hold your

PattyP, don't hold your breath. As normal, he avoids all negative articles such as this or refuses to answer any pertinent questions poised to him. If he does show up, he will spew his spin and then disappear without any intelligent debate or answering of any questions.

That being said, this is not good news for Augusta. We must do far better but with a school system allowing 25 out our 100 high school students to “drop out” after we have spent over $100,000.00 on each child trying to educate them ($8,500.00 per year, per pupil) what do we expect?

Government and over regulation is not the answer, it is the problem. Go and try to open a small business and after you get through with tons of paperwork, forms and fees from the county, state and federal governments you will see why so many are unemployed.

howcanweknow
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howcanweknow 08/18/11 - 12:34 pm
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Don't be so silly. We know

Don't be so silly. We know George Bush is to blame for all this. At least that's what Mr. Hope / Change will say.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 08/18/11 - 12:55 pm
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Asitisinaug wrote: Government

Asitisinaug wrote:

Government and over regulation is not the answer, it is the problem. Go and try to open a small business and after you get through with tons of paperwork, forms and fees from the county, state and federal governments you will see why so many are unemployed.

You are so right, Asitis. We have the story from yesterday's Chronicle that the government of North Augusta was so bamboozled by the intricacies of a permit application for its new fountain that it had to hire an engineering firm who then subcontracted with a construction firm to fill out the required forms. If the government can't figure out how to fill out the government paperwork, then they've really gone overboard.

HomeinHarlem
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HomeinHarlem 08/18/11 - 01:19 pm
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Asitis sez: "Government and

Asitis sez: "Government and over regulation is not the answer, it is the problem. Go and try to open a small business and after you get through with tons of paperwork, forms and fees from the county, state and federal governments you will see why so many are unemployed"

Clinton deregulated Freddie and Fannie, created a huge bubble which ultimately led to a crash. He also signed the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act, a bank deregulation bill that swept away a Depression-era law known as Glass-Steagall. Byron Dorgan. “I think we will look back in 10 years’ time and say we should not have done this, but we did because we forgot the lessons of the past,” said Dorgan, a North Dakota Democratic senator, “and that that which is true in the 1930s is true in 2010.”
The current financial crisis is frequently called the worst since the Great Depression. And Gramm-Leach-Bliley is often cited as a cause, even by some of its onetime supporters.
Deregulation should actually be called decriminalization, because in the business world, it allows large powerful corporations to rob the little guy, with no repercussions. Bank bailouts, anyone?

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allhans 08/18/11 - 01:38 pm
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as a wise man said last

as a wise man said last night, we don't want to hear about a plan, we want to see a plan in writing. (doggone spell check).
Talk is cheap but there is no longer a need for talk.
A little action please Mr. President...whew!

bushwhacker
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bushwhacker 08/18/11 - 01:31 pm
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As usual the president is

As usual the president is only worried about democrat states, don't hold your breath looking for help. We will have to turn to our governor for guidance.

single parent
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single parent 08/18/11 - 02:09 pm
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Hey what about the three

Hey what about the three teams we could have had here? What about everything that is based on one golf event? Why is everything built on friend friendly property? Turned down the boat race arena and drag racing both NHRA events? Have you looked at the roads like BJ Express Way,dirty and grown over? Why is it that the Tcenter had no trouble being passed? How in the camel haired chickens does a perfectly good mall close and just sits there? I love golf just like the next guy but we need to do more than base our cities economy on one dang golf event and a darn Tcenter! ! ! All these things are based on the people that have been running this city since the riot days of Augusta! I can bet you it was not Obamas fault. The reason any type of health care reform will not work is because its big business, just look around you people who controls your health care? Sure is not the Goverment. When people try to change things that have been the usual and are met with resistance on every matter, why do you think that is? Now put yourself in Obamas shoes! Most of this is a local problem and you might want to look at your own local guys which own things here. Augusta-Richmond County? Hmmmmm why was that? Soon as that happened the county started closing down and you see more empty stores all over the county that have closed! ! Here is what is going to make a lot of you reading this hold your head down: " It is our own greed which caused our problems nation wide as US occupants" Kids want to come out of High School making 30k a year! Now think about that statement! ! !

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Craig Spinks 08/18/11 - 02:48 pm
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(C)ountyman, Spin this

(C)ountyman,

Spin this article.

Craig Spinks
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Craig Spinks 08/18/11 - 02:53 pm
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By the way, does anyone think

By the way, does anyone think that the poor knowledge, skills and attitudes of many of the graduates of area HSs influences the ability of these folks to find any jobs, much less well-paying ones?

DowntownJaguar
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DowntownJaguar 08/18/11 - 03:02 pm
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Again, Riverman1 will be

Again, Riverman1 will be ecstatic; countyman will praise this as unbelievably good news.

countyman
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countyman 08/18/11 - 03:12 pm
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There's nothing to spin

There's nothing to spin concerning the numbers.. The 3,000 plus jobs at SRS created by the stimulus fund are over... The city of Augusta also reorganized the government and cut certain jobs... The government sector will speed up as the National Security Agency and Plant Vogtle pick up steam..

Augusta was recently named the 7th best place to live in the US.. I don't have to spin anything when people outside of the city notice the progress..

Asitisinaug
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Asitisinaug 08/18/11 - 03:09 pm
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Craig, very much so. 25 out

Craig, very much so. 25 out of 100 don't graduate. Of the remaining 75, 40 of them are not able or prepared to enter college without remedial classes in math, reading and writing.

RCBOE has a couple of great schools - just hope you are lucky enough to be selected for one or able to afford private school. The rest of the kids are left in classes with disruptive students that receive little to no discipline and greatly affect the educational environment for everyone. Teachers hands are tied by the administrators and many administrators say their hand are tied by the central office who of course blames in on the BOE who in turn blames in to parents and law suits. Since their advice comes from an attorney that has no backbone and could care less about actually supporting a disciplined educational environment, things will not change any time soon.

We are filling our county with future criminals and welfare recipients. Some who succeed stay while many others will leave the area.

Asitisinaug
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Asitisinaug 08/18/11 - 03:12 pm
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Ah Countyman shows up and

Ah Countyman shows up and glosses over...The metro area also lost 400 jobs in retail, 200 in leisure and hospitality, and 100 in professional and business services.

700 private sector job losses in our county in one month is pretty significant to many but especially to those 700 people. It is also very contradictory to many of your previous posts regarding all of the new business in the area.

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countyman 08/18/11 - 03:18 pm
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Asitisinaug... The numbers

Asitisinaug... The numbers reflect the entire metro Augusta area..

The 700 figure are jobs from all over metro Augusta..

Richmond, Aiken, Columbia, Burke, Mcduffie, and Edgefield...

broad street narrow mind
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broad street narrow mind 08/18/11 - 03:20 pm
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countyman, how's the beach?
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countyman, how's the beach?

TotMom
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TotMom 08/18/11 - 03:30 pm
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No big deal, we have hotels

No big deal, we have hotels being built, a Costco coming.. and a new baseball stadium to build. All of those who lost jobs will have new ones soon.

broad street narrow mind
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broad street narrow mind 08/18/11 - 03:34 pm
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totmom, did you know we
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totmom, did you know we already have a stadium? how many extra jobs you think we'll get for that $40 million? we could hire people to fix our unsafe bridges for that instead of bolster an out of town public money seeking profiteer.
i don't know where you work, but would you be able to wait for a hotel or costco to be built? and will that cover 2200 jobs? how about benefits?

broad street narrow mind
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broad street narrow mind 08/18/11 - 03:35 pm
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sorry, totmom. i just
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sorry, totmom. i just realized you're probably joking. some people really believe that stuff though. maybe they're reading the mayor's prayer update every friday, the optimistic times.

socks99
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socks99 08/18/11 - 03:42 pm
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One wonders if the era of big

One wonders if the era of big government spending on projects -- MCG; SRP; etc; -- has reached a zenith and is now in retreat?

countyman
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countyman 08/18/11 - 03:58 pm
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Costco is bringing 150 to 200

Costco is bringing 150 to 200 jobs and the initial hiring of Electrolux is 225(over 300 in total)...

The Algae facility is hiring 200 employees at their South Augusta property..

ADP won't stop hiring until they reach 1k employees at their facility..

drivenslow
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drivenslow 08/18/11 - 04:32 pm
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bahahahaha since when is
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bahahahaha since when is aiken part of augusta...countyman what you smoking the article said AUGUSTA GEORGIA.....not aiken SOUTH CAROLINA

drivenslow
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drivenslow 08/18/11 - 04:36 pm
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yeah those cashiers and stock
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yeah those cashiers and stock boys will just rake in the cash for costco....and adp most of the jobs will be minimum wage same thing you would make at mcdonalds...algea facility may top out at 12 bucks an hour....yeehaw this is a boom town...and get your facts straight srs is actually hiring folks right now for specialized areas

seenitB4
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seenitB4 08/18/11 - 04:45 pm
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"A dozen men in good suits

"A dozen men in good suits and women in silk dresses will circulate smoothly among the reporters, spouting confident opinions. They won't be just press agents trying to impart a favorable spin to a routine release. They'll be the Spin Doctors, senior advisers to the candidates."

We all have our spin doctors in the crowd......spouting confident opinions...I wonder what their paycheck looks like....could it be 6 figures?

kiwiinamerica
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kiwiinamerica 08/18/11 - 04:55 pm
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Different TYPES of jobs
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Different TYPES of jobs though, aren't they Countyman? Engineers laid off from SRS aren't likely to be wanting to stock shelves at Costco for minimum wage, are they?

And just to clarify your shtick about the Algae facility. It will be hiring a grand total of 10-12 people INITIALLY. The 200 figure is a projected number over a period of TWO years. That is to say, if all goes well. The 200 jobs are not guaranteed, are they? You wouldn't want to mislead people on that point, would you now?

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