Augusta area added 1,600 jobs in November, most from retail

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Area adds jobs, mostly in retail

The holiday shopping season improved hiring in the Augusta metro area in November, according to workforce statistics released Thursday by the Georgia Department of Labor.  SARA CALDWELL/FILE
SARA CALDWELL/FILE
The holiday shopping season improved hiring in the Augusta metro area in November, according to workforce statistics released Thursday by the Georgia Department of Labor.

The holiday shopping season improved hiring in the Augusta metro area in November, according to statistics released Thursday by the Georgia Department of Labor.

The department said that 1,600 jobs were added in November, 1,100 of them in retail trade. An extra 800 jobs were added in the professional and business-services sector.

Partially offsetting the gains, according to state data, were declines of 400 jobs in construction and 200 jobs in manufacturing.

Jobs in the Augusta metro area – not counting self-employed – totaled 208,100. That is 1,500 fewer than in November 2011.

The state reported 24,800 people in the area working in retail in November. That is also down from 25,300 the year before

– From staff reports

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Jane18
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Jane18 12/20/12 - 11:42 am
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Target Stores

I will never shop the French owned store called Target. They do not support our Veterans. Isn't that strange, after we helped them......(as a country in danger)?

omnomnom
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omnomnom 12/20/12 - 01:09 pm
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short term vs long term trends

In total, there were 208,100 jobs in the Augusta metro area – not counting self-employed. That number is 1,500 jobs less than in November 2011.

Fiat_Lux
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Fiat_Lux 12/20/12 - 03:42 pm
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Let's see what the January report looks like

I'm not so impressed with November - December figures because they generally represent temporary, seasonal hires rather than real, permanent jobs with benefits.

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