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Augusta loses 2,200 jobs in July

Thursday, Aug 18, 2011 10:54 AM
Last updated 7:16 PM
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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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countyman
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countyman 08/18/11 - 05:34 pm
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All of the jobs lost at SRS

All of the jobs lost at SRS were definitely not engineers.. Several projects were cleanup related at the site.. The average pay at Costco is $17 per hour... I noticed you didn't bring up the ADP jobs in West Augusta..

countyman
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countyman 08/18/11 - 05:52 pm
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Ride around Richmond County

Ride around Richmond County and you'll see the Village at Riverwatch, Buffalo Wild Wings, Electrolux, Village Plaza renovation, DSM Chemicals renovation of the former Pfizer plant, IGA in the city limits of Hephzibah, PCS Nitrogen expansion, Tantra Lounge, Cherry Street shopping center, Affordable Suites of America, Hampton Inn hotel, Raceway gas station, Killer B Disc Golf, Kids Party Center, Crazy Turks Pizza, etc all under construction.. Every construction project is new construction except for the Electrolux building, Crazy Turks, and Kids Party Center in the Augusta West Plaza..

I noticed construction taking place at the former KFC on Wrightsboro rd.. The construction is right next to the Raceway gas station infront of the Augusta West Plaza.. I believe some of the land will be left for future development similar to the Buffalo Wild Wings site.

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Kojack 08/18/11 - 06:54 pm
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This paper serves Columbia

This paper serves Columbia County as well, right? Why does their Planning Commission keep approving new strip malls?
most of them are empty!! If you're a field of trees in that county, your days are numbered! What an eyesore.

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corgimom 08/18/11 - 07:01 pm
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I invite all of you to look

I invite all of you to look at this http://www.glassdoor.com/Salary/Costco-Wholesale-Atlanta-Salaries-EI_IE2...

Note that the average salary of a cashier at Costco is $11.35/hr, in Atlanta, where wages are always higher than Augusta.

In Charlotte, it's $11.07.

My guess is that a cashier at Costco in Augusta will probably make about $10.50 per hour, not $17.

TK3
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TK3 08/18/11 - 08:21 pm
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Local little guys taxed and

Local little guys taxed and red taped out of business but "Federal employment added 100 jobs to the metro area." Figures.

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Riverman1 08/18/11 - 09:06 pm
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Since when is eliminating

Since when is eliminating government jobs a bad thing?

billyjones1949
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billyjones1949 08/18/11 - 11:03 pm
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Painful, I think you are

Painful, I think you are wrong on the cuts. Thsi country cannot keep providing welfare, food stamps, free medical to anybody legal or not, free housing, SSI, disability and all other programs to anybody that wants them. If you think people making abobe $100000.00 do not pay taxes then you are not looking at the tax tables. They and the earners above that pay the largest majority of income tax. Maybe everyone should pay the same percentage but accoriding to lower income earners that would not be fair. So why is it fair to only raise taxes on higher income earners? When cuts are made it is across the board and everyone will feel it but it has to be done one way or the other.

kiwiinamerica
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kiwiinamerica 08/18/11 - 11:24 pm
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Countyman: Ride around
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Countyman:

Ride around Richmond County and you'll see all sorts of things. You'll see both new construction and also empty commercial property as businesses go bust and vacate it. Can you say "Partridge Inn"?? There's a large vacant lot on Washington Road just along from Rhineharts, which used to be a large car dealership. Now empty and abandoned. Directly across the road, the old Duke car dealership lot is also empty. There are empty buildings on Washington Rd, closer to town, near Kroger; the old "Famous Dave's" Barbecue place stands vacant, and on the corner of Alexander Drive and Washington Rd, the old Eckerd/Rite Aid pharmacy building is now an empty shell. Businesses open............businesses close. It's the way of the world.

We could play this silly game all day, couldn't we? You could spout a list of new businesses and I could counter with a list of those which have just closed their doors.

It proves absolutely nothing.

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KSL 08/18/11 - 11:34 pm
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Great points, kiwi.

Great points, kiwi.

Craig Spinks
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Craig Spinks 08/18/11 - 11:47 pm
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Asitisinaug and

Asitisinaug and Kiwiinamerica,

Watch your steps. You know too much and disseminate the too-much you know.

You are threats to the PTBNA and its stranglehold on opinion and the political process in our town.

Watch your steps.

KSL
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KSL 08/18/11 - 11:52 pm
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And PTBNA stands for what, c

And PTBNA stands for what, c spinks?

countyman
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countyman 08/19/11 - 12:08 am
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The Patridge Inn is still up

The Patridge Inn is still up and running.. The former car dealership near Rhineharts was sold this year.. The former Rite Aid/Eckerds is also under contract...

Asitisinaug
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Asitisinaug 08/19/11 - 12:15 am
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Thanks Craig....although, I

Thanks Craig....although, I don't think I know nearly enough. I do study, try to learn, attend county meetings every now and then, visit various areas of our county as well as Columbia County, work hard, pay my taxes (and then some) and try to make informed decisions when voting.

I respect others opinions but will not tolerate outright lies, misleading information, etc. I sometime make mistakes but will readily admit and correct them. I will debate openly, honestly and fairly and listen to all in order to try to make the best conclusions as to what is best for our city and how we can advise our leaders of various ideas.

Painfully honest, like it or not, republican or democrat, we MUST get our budgets in order and stop spending what we do not have. We must tighten our belts and deal with it to the best of our ability and it will pay off for us in the long run. BTW, there are just as many rich democrats as there are republicans but there certainly aren't as many "workers" in the democratic party as are republicans. This country does not need any more people living off of the government since 50% don't even pay ANY federal taxes and many actually receive a check. I am all for supporting the elderly, handicapped, and those who can't work but not those who don't work or are capable and able bodied Americans. Enough is enough. And, we need cuts in all areas such as the military losing billions in these various funding projects overseas, the billions wasted on non-usable bullet proof vests and the list in every government agency goes on. If you personally think that the Government can do a better job than you can with the money that you have earned, then by all means don't take any tax deductions and/or send the government more money to spend. The rich pay over 80% of all taxes - and, although I am not in that class, I greatly appreciate their contributions instead of believing I am owed them.

Corgimom, most likely CountyMan was not lying it is just that his post is misleading to many. Since the Average salary is $17.00 per hour, it obviously includes the managers making $50,000.00 plus per year, etc. My best informed guess for the MAJORITY of employees will be in the $10.00 per hour range. You and I are smart enough to figure this out and I bet he is as well but it doesn't fit his agenda.

Riverman, I agree…cut ALL non-essential government jobs. Many should have never been created to begin with. That is the problem (or has been prior to the Tea Party) that they only believe in growth by any means necessary. Even with this new “budget” recently approved spending still increases every single year. Where is this money to come from? Obama did inherit a bad problem and Bush did approve way too much spending and some bailouts. However, Obama has put spending on steroids along with bail out money to the point that he spent more in 2.5 years than Bush spent in 8 years and we as a country only have one thing to show for it…We Are Broke, Downgraded and far more unemployed individuals and closed businesses.

Asitisinaug
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Asitisinaug 08/19/11 - 12:16 am
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KSL...My Best Guess....Powers

KSL...My Best Guess....Powers That Be In Augusta

countyman
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countyman 08/19/11 - 12:49 am
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If I'm not mistaken the

If I'm not mistaken the lowest wage at Costco is $11 per hour.. The majority of people will be making above $10 per hour. People need understand the amount of ongoing private construction in Augusta is higher compared to the majority of similar size cities.. The site plan of the VAR is 115 acres and the first store is new to the Augusta market.. The VAR is near the Augusta mall, Carmax area aka Wheeler Town Park, Surrey Center, and the Augusta Exchange.. Additional retail and restaurants new to the market will locate at the VAR. I'm hearing you might be able to take a boat ride from the Enterprise Mill to the VAR.. The trips back and forth to the VAR would help bring extra business to the Augusta canal tours.. The tours wouldn't help Enterprise Mill, it's almost impossible to find a vacancy at the complex.

The June sales tax collections are 1.7% higher compared to 2010. The collections were 2.84% higher than the 2011 budgeted revenues..

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allamr18 08/19/11 - 12:57 am
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the city loses 1500 govt jobs

the city loses 1500 govt jobs an 700 private jobs and somehow thats the federal govts fault? ga didnt have any problem taking stimulus money when it was providing those jobs for SRS and the numerous ribbon cutting ceremonies for new plants and businesses funded by the stimulus plan. And Pres Obam has taken 1/3 the number of vacation days as reagan bush 1 and bush 2 took at the same time in this point of their presidency. find something else to whine about

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countyman 08/19/11 - 12:42 pm
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countyman
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countyman 08/19/11 - 12:41 pm
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Iwannakno
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Iwannakno 08/19/11 - 01:41 am
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Countyman and his all is well
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Countyman and his all is well agenda is as old as the chronicle. Oh wait....I'm not supposed to comment on RC articles cause I don't live there. My bad...

countyman
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countyman 08/19/11 - 01:55 am
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The same people who bash

The same people who bash Augusta everyday accuse me of having an agenda.. The article is related to the metro area and they focus only on Richmond County as usual.. Without the jobs and industry in throughout Richmond County the metro area would crumble.

What do you have to say now?? Augusta had the second fastest growth rate in the year 2009 and 2010.. Several people love to hype up the cities of Greenville, Charleston, etc...

2009 Personal Income: Columbia 26,418: Greensboro 24,980: Knoxville 23,713: Charleston 23,297: Greenville 21,370: Augusta 18,122: Chattanooga 17,701; Winston Salem 16,970; Huntsville 15,588: Savannah 13,157: Mobile 12,713

2010 Personal Income: Columbia 27,022: Greensboro 25,774: Knoxville 24,624: Charleston 24,193: Greenville 22,147: Augusta 18,854: Chattanooga 18,464: Winston Salem 17,447: Huntsville 16,148: Savannah 13,564: Mobile 13,195

2009 Percent change: Huntsville 1.3%: Augusta .9%: Mobile .2%: Columbia 0%: Charleston -.2%: Savannah -.5%: Greensboro -.9%: Greenville -1.6%: Knoxville -1.7%: Chattanooga -1.9%: Winston Salem -2.9%

2010 Percent change: Chattanooga 4.3%: Augusta 4%: Knoxville 3.8%: Charleston 3.8%: Mobile 3.8%: Greenville 3.6%: Huntsville 3.6%: Greensboro 3.2%: Savannah 3.1%: Winston Salem 2.8%: Columbia 2.3%

countyman
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countyman 08/19/11 - 05:24 pm
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Somebody tried to bring up a

Somebody tried to bring up a couple of the empty businesses on Washington road and failed miserably.. While the former car dealership infront of Westside, former Rite Aid, Dukes Automotive, Churchs, and Famous Daves are empty.. The car dealership and Rite Aid were both sold and they're currently under contract. The 18k sq. ft. Cherry Street shopping center is underway behind California Dreaming.. The $2.5 million Electrolux facility is under construction at National Hills.. Golf Legends Club is moving into the space next to Fresh Market.. Crazy Turks is renovating the former Fazolis building. Drive Time is moving into the former Ann Taylor car dealership..

In the near future Four Points By Sheraton and another upscale hotel are coming to Center West Pkwy.. The gas station next to Zaxby's is being turned into a 7k sq. ft. retail center..

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countyman 08/19/11 - 12:46 pm
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Iwannakno
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Iwannakno 08/19/11 - 03:32 am
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I don't bash Augusta
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I don't bash Augusta daily...you do have an agenda, anyone who reads your posts can see it. I don't know who you work for but it has to have something to do with Augusta or the CVB. Nobody has that much time to research all that crap.I will say it again. Spend more money on police in RC, focus more tax money on the blighted areas and Augusta can be as great as it was 20 years ago. Keep your head buried in the sand and you will find the population dwindling even more than it has in the last 10 years. By the way I have never been anywhere in the US and heard the 1st person say "wow you're from Augusta? I have always wanted to go there and see the Riverwalk." In spite of your posts they all ask about the Masters. I doubt they even know we have a river.

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countyman 08/19/11 - 04:55 am
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Anybody who reads your post

Anybody who reads your post can see your agenda.. Somebody got shot in Augusta and you're the first person to comment on the article.. A person was killed in Aiken County and you didn't respond to the article..

Richmond County leads the entire CSRA in terms of new commercial construction. The 2011 population is higher compared to 2000.. Once Deke became the mayor at the end of 2005 the rest is history.. The number of homes sold in Richmond County this year per month speaks for itself.. The numbers don't even include the condos, apts, townhomes, duplexes, and manufactured homes... I don't have time to go through all of the new residential construction in the county. I can tell you the area off Jimmie Dyess Pkwy near Gordon Hwy. Along with the Gordon Hwy area between Jimmie Dyess Pkwy and Harlem is growing extremely fast. The 200 acre Haynes Station neighborhood is under construction near Willhaven on Gordon Hwy.. New homes are still under construction in Willhaven, Granite Hill, and Elderbery. The Mccoys Creek neighborhood includes 62 acres of residential and 1 acre of commercial development. The neighborhood is located next to East Robinson Avenue off Gordon Hwy. The 10k sq. ft. Shoppes at Dyess Park(behind Zaxby's) starts construction in the near future. The 25 acre shopping center is supposed to break ground off Jimmie Dyess Pkwy this year too.

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copperhead 08/19/11 - 05:04 am
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Let's all join hands and sing

Let's all join hands and sing mmm mmm obama mmm mmm obama now don't you feel better?

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countyman 08/19/11 - 05:29 am
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Iwannakno.. I think you

Iwannakno.. I think you should look at the number of homes sold this year in the metro.

January-February of 2011: Columbia 226 homes sold or 44%, Richmond 164 or 32%, Aiken 72 or 14% and other 49 or 10%...

The stats don't include condos, duplexes, manufactured homes, or townhomes...

Keep in mind alot more condos/townhomes/apts/ are being built in Richmond County compared to the surrounding counties.. On top of the buildings(specifically the CBD and Olde Town) being renovated into condos/townhomes/lofts/apts. The Dunnington community on Boy Scout road is a total of 150 new townhomes.. The 34 condos at the Whites Building on Broad street are coming along. The second phase of condos(first phase was 12 and second 5) at the SchoolHouse (former William Robinson school) are starting soon. The recently built upscale apartment complex Parc at Flowing Wells consist of 346 units.. The Brownstones at Rae's Creek on Jackson rd is another 24 townhomes. That's a total of 571 additonal residential spaces between five developments. The owner of Mayo Townhomes on Dennis Road is building phase four this year.

Iwannakno
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Iwannakno 08/19/11 - 07:33 am
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My agenda is for Augusta to
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My agenda is for Augusta to be as nice as it once was. I wrote this once (since you didn't comprehend it the last time) I will write it once more. If a shooting happens near me I will comment on it. Aiken county goes all the way to Lexington. Downtown Augusta and South Augusta are closer to me than Downtown Aiken and the parts of Aiken where most shootings occur.I have seen you post that you only put facts in your posts but you have guessed twice on Aiken's murder rate and you have also posted that most of Augusta's crime are committed by people from Aiken County. Now who has the agenda? At least I admit there are bad areas in Aiken. You won't even admit that the Gordon Highway area near the closed down mall and east boundary are bad areas. If you really believe everything is rosy in those areas you truly are clueless.

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Craig Spinks 08/19/11 - 06:16 am
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Iwannakno, (C)ountymanwannake

Iwannakno,

(C)ountymanwannakeephisjob.

desertcat6
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desertcat6 08/19/11 - 06:23 am
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lots of discussion, with no

lots of discussion, with no real comments on what needs to/can be done locally to improve our situation. There are other cities across the US that are attracting new industry. In turn there is an associated increase in retail and service industry/employment and home sales. Not rocket science, but it does take vision, innovative ideas, a plan and the support of the community. It also takes incentives and investment in infrastructure to attract companies and the people that work for them. Do we have the vision and plan, and willingness to pay for it? If not, then the losses will continue to mount.

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seenitB4 08/19/11 - 08:37 am
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Spinks...very funny at

Spinks...very funny at 616am...LOL

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