May brings more jobs to Augusta

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The U.S. Census boosted Augusta's job numbers for May.

Bolstered by federal government employment, the Augusta metro area gained 2,100 jobs from April to May, according to Thursday's jobs report from the Georgia Department of Labor.

The metro area's employment was 212,700 in May, up from 210,600 in April.

According to a spokesman for the Census Bureau, the agency filled roughly the equivalent of 850 full-time positions last month. The state labor department data estimated 1,100 more federal jobs were added to the Augusta area.

The area gained jobs in small increments in education, business services, manufacturing, information, retail trade and construction. There were declines in the number of people working in state government and hospitality.

The state's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate declined to 10.2 percent in May, down one-tenth of a percentage point from a revised 10.3 percent in April.

This is the 32nd consecutive month Georgia has exceeded the national unemployment rate, which is now 9.7 percent. 

The county-by-county breakdown of unemployment is due out next week. South Carolina will release its numbers today.

The Augusta metro area employment was 2,300 jobs higher than in May 2009, the best of any metro area in Georgia.

Georgia's job market showed improvement for the fourth consecutive month. The number of payroll jobs in May increased 24,700 from April to 3.84 million.

There were 2,341 initial claims for jobless benefits in Augusta in May, 25 percent lower than a year ago. Statewide, 57,919 laid-off workers filed initial claims for benefits, a decline of 2,742, or 4.5 percent, from 60,661 in April. 

In May, there were 225,700 long-term unemployed Georgians -- those who have been out of work for 27 weeks or longer. It represents an increase of 10,600, or 4.9 percent, from 215,100 in April.

Long-term unemployed account for 47 percent of the 479,877 jobless workers in Georgia.

"It's disturbing that the number of long-term unemployed Georgia workers is growing by the thousands," said State Labor Commissioner Michael Thurmond. "There are some signs of improvement in the job market, but we must have robust private sector job creation before our economy will fully recover."

Augusta Metro Area Employment

THE GAINS

- Federal government: 1,100

- Professional and business services: 600

- Manufacturing: 100

- Mining/construction: 100

- Trade/transportation: 100

- Retail trade: 100

- Information: 100

- Education/health services: 100

THE LOSSES

- Leisure/hospitality: 100

- State government: 100

Source: Georgia Department of Labor

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Emerydan
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Emerydan 06/17/10 - 08:25 am
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Dontcha think most of these

Dontcha think most of these were simply temporary census jobs?

Emerydan
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Emerydan 06/17/10 - 09:34 am
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another thing about census

another thing about census jobs.. you tend to get more of them in poorer areas where ppl tend not to mail back their form.. so census workers have to go door to door to get information.. nearly all of these are census jobs.

Emerydan
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Emerydan 06/17/10 - 09:35 am
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Something to get excited

Something to get excited about would be high paying manufacturing or creative economy jobs.. Augusta has not seen an influx of those kind of jobs in like forever.

getalife
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getalife 06/17/10 - 09:49 am
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This information is not

This information is not reliable because it includes temporary jobs and does not include those unemployed that fell off the list because they have collected all of the unemployment allowed. This is all fuzzy math, should not be used as information on how many people are working or unemployed. This is government information used to trick people into thinking the stimilus worked or the economy is on a rebount.

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CarlA 06/17/10 - 09:59 am
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Augusta WAKE UP!!! City

Augusta WAKE UP!!! City officials need to stop depending so heavily on government jobs and start attracting more private enterprise!!!!

countyman
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countyman 06/17/10 - 11:08 am
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Some people just like to be

Some people just like to be negative on Augusta. Instead of being happy Augusta added more jobs than any metro area in GA. You still must complain anyway.

Bottletek is building a $100 million facility in South Augusta. The plant will bring 100 high paying manufacturing jobs.
http://fun-l-flo.com/

The ADP building in West Augusta is still not at 50% occupancy. They're going to break ground on a new building(right next door) when the current building reaches occupancy. ADP has about 400-600 workers and will have a little over 1k workers. Kelloggs 220 jobs and Procter & Gamble 150 were added to Augusta's workforce. Wells Fargo brought 35 jobs, Knology 120, and American Tire 30 jobs to Augusta. T-Mobile is still hiring in Augusta.

Emerydan
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Emerydan 06/17/10 - 11:09 am
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there is a difference between

there is a difference between adding permanent jobs and temporary census jobs.. the report states these were federal govt jobs.. ie census jobs. A wall street journal article exposed how the obama administration was misleading ppl over the stimulus and job creation.. releasing all of these rosy job numbers when the facts revealed 90% were actually temporary census jobs.

Emerydan
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Emerydan 06/17/10 - 11:10 am
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And there is a difference

And there is a difference between private sector jobs and governmengt spending. Govt spending takes out of the economy and simply redistributes money

corgimom
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corgimom 06/17/10 - 11:18 am
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None of us are negative on

None of us are negative on Augusta. We are, however, deeply worried, and tired of the PR nonsense that is fed to everyone. We see our family members, neighbors, church members, friends losing houses, struggling to pay bills, and we are supposed to rejoice that a bunch of temporary jobs are added- while the number of long-term unemployed is rising.

Nobody can raise families, pursue their dreams, establish a stable family unit with a temporary dead-end job. Those of us with families know that. Countyman, you are single, and that's the part that you just can't comprehend.

countyman
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countyman 06/17/10 - 12:28 pm
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People are tired of listening

People are tired of listening to the daily misinformation about Augusta's graduation rates, schools, crime, neighborhoods, economy, etc.

Did you even read the article????

''The area gained jobs in small increments in education, business services, manufacturing, information, retail trade and construction. There were slight declines in the number of people working in state government and hospitality''.

Where are your facts??? Where does it say 90% of the 2,100 jobs added in May were a bunch of temporary jobs? Let alone a bunch of temporary census jobs?

I tend to stick to facts and other's stick to opinions.

countyman
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countyman 06/17/10 - 12:26 pm
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Hmm?? There was a job fair

Hmm?? There was a job fair early May in Augusta at Fort Gordon. Over 50 employers were in attendance... A few of the companies are listed below.

Chenega Federal Systems, Federal Express, General Dynamics, Global Business Solutions, Intelligence Careers, Jani-King, Janus Research, JB Hunt, Lockheed Martin, Shaw Industries, Spherion and Zapata Technology...

Lol this definitely sounds like a bunch of temporary census jobs...

baronvonreich
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baronvonreich 06/17/10 - 12:30 pm
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1200 out of the 2100 were

1200 out of the 2100 were federal government jobs. That is a fact.....a sad fact.

countyman
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countyman 06/17/10 - 01:11 pm
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900 weren't government jobs.

900 weren't government jobs.

If you have problem with government jobs.. Then boycott NSA, FT. Gordon, Plant Vogtle, SRS, etc??? But you won't because those salaries aren't a sad fact at all.

corgimom
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corgimom 06/17/10 - 01:18 pm
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BVR, don't confuse him with

BVR, don't confuse him with facts. Of course, all of the companies he listed at the job fair AREN"T the government, but that's a insignificant matter.

When home prices are dropping, foreclosures are rising, and long-term unemployed are increasing, and 78% of the RCBOE students are on free or reduced lunch- and that number increased, not decreased-that's distressing news and doesn't bode well for Augusta. Those are facts.

countyman
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countyman 06/17/10 - 02:23 pm
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When companies are building

When companies are building multi-million dollar facilites and bringing jobs. The unemployment rate in the area is going down. The GDP, median income, and per capita income is rising. Restaurants, hotels, retail, residential, etc is being built all around the area. Your airport had a almost 50% growth rate over the last three years. The airport got American Eagle airlines to come here in 2010. There is over $340 million worth of construction in a 1 mile radius downtown. A $40 million Tee Center, $30 million Hyatt, $10 million parking garage, $5-10 million Holiday Inn Express and Suites, $5 million Broad street lights/lamps, and a 3 story office/commercial building hasn't event started construction yet. Cal Ripken Jr and Jim Jacoby(developer of atlantic station)want to invest millions into your downtown. This definitely bodes well for Augusta.

The usual misinformation about Augusta. Some people continue to post false information even when you correct them numerous times. Close to 70% of students are on free or reduced lunch. And the number did not increase in 2010.

AutumnLeaves
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AutumnLeaves 06/17/10 - 02:19 pm
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Countyman, sure those

Countyman, sure those companies show up at Job Fairs, but are they REALLY hiring anyone? And even if a temporary staffing agency "hires" you, do they actually put you to work in a paying position or do they just add you to their call list? If you are hired and don't actually get to go to a workplace, work and earn a paycheck, it doesn't really count, does it? If they train you, let you go, hire someone else, and repeat the process so no one ever stays long enough to get real (expensive) benefits, that will skew the employment picture, too, won't it? I don't believe everything I read, I look at what is happening around me. Statistics can be skewed in just about any direction. And you know that very well, obviously.

Emerydan
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Emerydan 06/17/10 - 02:41 pm
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I just love how ya'll try and

I just love how ya'll try and reason with CM, pulling out all of these facts. It's like me trying to convince my grandfather years ago that man actually landed on the moon and it wasn't just a set in Hollywood.. I just gave up after awhile and let him believe what he wanted to. Don't ya'll know that Augusta is the next silicon valley?

Emerydan
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Emerydan 06/17/10 - 02:59 pm
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All of these statistics are

All of these statistics are worthless without proper interpretation. you'd think that would be the job of journalists, to provide that unbiased perspective.. guess not here. How many of these were temporary census jobs? What is the avg pay for these jobs? There's a big difference between having 100 high paying engineering jobs and 100 min wage jobs working at Burger King or blowing leaves (not that there's anything wrong with that type of work.. but completely different in how they impact the local economy).. And how many local businesses (not govt entities) say they plan to hire new employees, how many plan to layoff employees in the futire or just not hire any additional? Without a proper interpreation we get a skewed perspective, and that is not necessarily helpful when trying to guage the true health of the local economy.

countyman
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countyman 06/17/10 - 05:29 pm
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What facts did you post???

What facts did you post??? Please provide a link.... Are these the same facts like when you said the Hyatt wouldn't be built. Guess what? The Hyatt is about to start construction downtown.

It's funny how when the article shows Augusta in a positive light. The same few always have to break down the article in every way. Somehow it doesn't show the full picture and blah, blah, blah.

But when the article is about crime or something negative. They automatically say the article is a 100% correct all the time lol..

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dickworth1 06/18/10 - 03:46 am
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These figures can not be
Unpublished

These figures can not be backed up simply because a lot of unemployed
have run out of benefits so there is no reason to use the dept of labor
thus the labor dept must assume these folks have found employment. The labor dept is worthless other than file for unemployment or getting
job offers that are below poverty levels in pay. So do not think that the picture is getting better, it is not!

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