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Job gains for April were erased in May

Most of decline in hospitality

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The Augusta metro area shed 1,900 jobs in May, led by a downsizing of workers in leisure and hospitality that erased most of the gains produced by Masters Tournament hiring.

In April, the leisure and hospitality industry in the metro area added 1,900 jobs. There was a decline of 1,300 in that sector in May, the Georgia Department of Labor reported Thursday.

The area also lost 300 jobs in professional and business services, and 200 jobs in construction. Other slight declines were seen in retail, wholesale trade and state government.

Federal government, along with educational and health services, jobs were added in May, the state reported.

The local labor picture comes with the release of the Georgia unemployment rate, which remained at 9.8 percent, unchanged from April. The state's jobless rate was 10 percent in May 2010.

"Our state's jobless rate has been declining slightly for the past six months," Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said. "More businesses are slowly beginning to expand their workforce, illustrating a gradual increase of confidence in the economy."

May was the 46th consecutive month Georgia has exceeded the national unemployment rate, which is currently 9.1 percent, up from 9 percent in April.

Also, 54,843 laid-off workers filed initial claims for unemployment insurance benefits in May, an increase of 0.9 percent from April.

Most of the first-time claims were filed in trade, manufacturing, administrative and support services, and construction.

The Augusta metro area had a slight increase in the number of initial unemployment claims, from 1,907 in April to 2,002 in May.

U.S. economy

LAYOFFS EASE: Unemployment benefit applications fell for the second time in the past three weeks, according to the Labor Department. That's a positive sign that layoffs are slowing.

HOME BUILDING UP:
Home construction rose in May, and housing permits, a gauge of future construction, hit their highest level since December, the Commerce Department said. The gains were largely attributed to apartment construction, not single-family homes.

STILL WEAK: The job market remains weak compared with earlier this year, and home building is coming off the worst two years on record , dating back five decades.

- Associated Press

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Craig Spinks
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Craig Spinks 06/16/11 - 11:17 am
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Where are all the high-paying

Where are all the high-paying hospitality and food service jobs that at least one blogger consistently promises?

broad street narrow mind
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broad street narrow mind 06/16/11 - 11:35 am
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i'm sure mayor deke can find
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i'm sure mayor deke can find us ranked in a magazine list to turn this frown upside down. try "dirt-cheap labor times" or "government-subsidized business plans weekly."

AutumnLeaves
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AutumnLeaves 06/16/11 - 11:50 am
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I'm looking forward to change

I'm looking forward to change we can believe in.

broad street narrow mind
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broad street narrow mind 06/16/11 - 11:58 am
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soon to be mayor joe bowles
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soon to be mayor joe bowles will be another great representative of the established moneyholders of the city of augusta.

ECDanes
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ECDanes 06/16/11 - 12:13 pm
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Joe Bowles talks too much to

Joe Bowles talks too much to be elected mayor. He's not as good of a fence sitter as do-nothing-Deke to be elected in this town. I'm thinking Augusta is a lot like Russia, China and those Banana republics in central America. It just can't handle democracy. It needs a "strong-man" behind the scenes and a pretty face to cut ribbons.

Craig Spinks
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Craig Spinks 06/16/11 - 12:18 pm
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ECDanes: Are you implying

ECDanes:

Are you implying that Billy Morris is not a "strong man?"

Riverman1
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Riverman1 06/16/11 - 12:23 pm
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Spartanburg gets BMW,

Spartanburg gets BMW, Charleston gets Boeing, LaGrange gets Hyundai. We get a call center in an old Walmart.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 06/16/11 - 12:29 pm
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Craig Spinks asked ECDance,

Craig Spinks asked ECDance, "Are you implying that Billy Morris is not a "strong man?"

Hard to say who really runs Augusta these days. I mean the Boardmans have their boy in the mayor's chair. Explain to me how they got an in-law off the beach and made him mayor?

Osbon had Morris let him write a diatribe in the Chronicle disguised as an editorial trying to scare Ed Tarver from taking him to federal court. That was pretty powerful to me.

ECDanes
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ECDanes 06/16/11 - 12:33 pm
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who is Augusta's Boss Hogg?

who is Augusta's Boss Hogg?

broad street narrow mind
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broad street narrow mind 06/16/11 - 12:34 pm
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if we're discussing strong
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if we're discussing strong men and cashes of titans- why is mr morris undercutting deke's stadium relocation effort? although i agree moving the stadium is a mistake beyond the outrageous waste of money that i think we all foresee on the taxpayers' backs, mr morris was able to see past that for the tee center. does mr morris have conflicting plans?

ECDanes
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ECDanes 06/16/11 - 12:36 pm
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Did Deke ever do anything

Did Deke ever do anything with that downtown building he owned that he got a government grant to fix up?

Riverman1
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Riverman1 06/16/11 - 12:47 pm
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BroadStreetNarrow, Mr. Morris

BroadStreetNarrow, Mr. Morris benefits greatly from the TEE. Zip from the stadium.

ECDanes
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ECDanes 06/16/11 - 12:56 pm
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whoever benefits or not, it's

whoever benefits or not, it's totally unnecessary and a waste of tax money. In any case, surprised Countyman hasn't come on here with one of his copy and paste lists of all of the fast food job openings from the last month. I'm sure deke will try and paint a smile on this turd as justification for a new downtown ballpark. "Companies will just flock to Augusta when they find out we have a brand new downtown ballpark! They will take notice.. 'yeah the workforce is poorly educated with nearly a quarter of the residents below the poverty line , but who cares? they have sweet new ballpark. Let's get to Augusta! Play ball!'"

broad street narrow mind
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broad street narrow mind 06/16/11 - 01:00 pm
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i wonder why they admittedly
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i wonder why they admittedly adorable even by hopeful cal ripken stadium we have has never brought jobs. those investors must have the same very subtle instincts mayor deke has... on lake and canal- no thanks... river- yes please!!!

ECDanes
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ECDanes 06/16/11 - 01:39 pm
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maybe they could build a dual

maybe they could build a dual ballpark-roller derby rink. Fire all of the Greenjackets and replace them with the big roller derby girls. The players round the bases on skates trying to knock down the opponents. Maybe have some mud wrestling during the 7th inning stretch. Wet T shirt contest for the kiddies. $3 dollar Long Island Iced Teas. Instead of shooting t-shirts at the crowd thow mardi gras beads to those who show their ta tas. Great family fun!

ECDanes
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ECDanes 06/16/11 - 01:41 pm
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Install a stripper pole next

Install a stripper pole next to concessions where The Snake Lady can perform between innings

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copperhead 06/16/11 - 01:46 pm
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More government jobs and less

More government jobs and less private sector jobs soon EVERYBODY will work for the government OH HAPPY DAYS!!!

hounddog
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hounddog 06/16/11 - 03:22 pm
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I guess the jobs were not as
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I guess the jobs were not as ‘shovel ready’ as they thought?

jessiesanchez
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jessiesanchez 06/16/11 - 03:25 pm
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make that 1901! I lost mine

make that 1901! I lost mine on the 31st...

countyman
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countyman 06/16/11 - 04:08 pm
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The jobs Augusta lost were

The jobs Augusta lost were jobs related the Masters event.. I don't think the unemployment rates for May have been released yet... I guess the posters didn't see the Algae facility article(200 jobs).. Make sure to check out the article on Augusta Newsprint and Bennett International..

April 2011

Augusta MSA 8.4%

U.S. 8.7%

GA 9.8%

SC 9.8%

countyman
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countyman 06/16/11 - 05:04 pm
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The same few people diss

The same few people diss Augusta everyday on here.. The ESI corporate headquarters are located on broad street. The BioBusiness Center is located on Broad street. Then we have EZ-GO, ADP, PCS Nitrogen, Kimberly Clar, Kelloggs, Kendall, International Paper, Prcoter & Gamble, Convergent, etc..

I didn't mention this is the second private investment related Bennett International.. In November of 2010 the development authority approved an resolution worth $23 million.. Bennett International purchased a 437k sq. ft. in South Augusta in late 2010. The bonds were issued in two parts and the new distribution center/warehouse in today's article is the second part..

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countyman 06/16/11 - 05:07 pm
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It's amazing how soon people

It's amazing how soon people forget critical information... Site Selection ranked ugusta ranked 9th in terms of corporate expansion in the year 2010.. The magazine separated the metros into three diffrent categories.. Cities with metros populations over 1 million, 200k to 1 million, and less than 200k...

1. Baton Rouge, LA 78
2. Dayton, OH 29
3. Spartanburg, SC 29
4. Shreveport, LA 26
5. Houma, LA 25
6. Harrisburg, PA 24
7. Allenton, PA 23
7. Greensboro, NC 23
9. Augusta, GA 21
10. Charleston, SC 20
http://www.siteselection.com/issues/2011/mar/top-metros.cfm#sidebars

I'm done and you guys can go back to bashing Augusta.

corgimom
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corgimom 06/16/11 - 08:39 pm
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Countyman outdid himself. "I

Countyman outdid himself.

"I don't think the unemployment rates for May have been released yet... I guess the posters didn't see the Algae facility article(200 jobs)"

I most certainly did, it said that they will employ 10 to 12 people at the start and HOPE TO employ 200 in the next 2 years.

I HOPE TO lose 15 pounds in the next 2 years. I HOPE TO win the lottery. I HOPE TO go to Europe. And I know the difference between REALITY and HOPE.

State report: Augusta lost 1,900 jobs in May <----- MAY, truth, not hope
Most of the decline in hospitality

Countyman, did you even READ the headline or the story? Your credibility is draining away faster than the Phinizy Swamp.

Sure, lose 1,900 jobs, gain 200 (and let's tell the truth, it's really 10-12. Nobody can feed a family or pay a bill with an imaginary, "hoped for" job.) That's a boom town to me, alright.

I haven't forgotten any critical figures- including the study that ranked Augusta 98th out of 100 top cities for public transit. Neither has anyone else.

I notice you haven't commented on that, Countyman. Because guess what form of transportation hospitality workers and call center workers are most likely to need and use?

I want lots of things for Augusta. I want quality of life issues- like all RC children go to safe schools where they get a quality education. Not just a few, all of them.

I want Augusta to go back to what it was- a wonderful place to raise a family, where you could go anywhere and not be afraid of crime.

I want all citizens of Augusta to feel safe, not just someone who lives in a loft on Broad St.

I want the gangs- who are nothing but teenage terrorists- eliminated. People should not feel afraid in their neighborhoods.

I care far more about that- and so do other people- far more than I care about a new fast food restaurant, a flip flop shop, or a Costco.

I want commissioners that are visionary and focus on leading Augusta, and advancing it economically and fixing TRUE problems, not consumed with cut down trees, day care centers, and endless, stupid squabbling over where to meet. Meet at the Discotheque, meet at 401, meet under the 5th street bridge, JUST MEET SOMEWHERE and do your jobs!

Countyman, you can prattle on all you want to about your rankings. Real people can see the future- and I dread to think what'll happen to Augusta when the Medical College goes to Athens. The closing of the mills will look like child's play- and mark my words, it's coming. It'll happen within 5-10 years.

When 84%- EIGHTY FOUR PERCENT- of students in a school system is on free or reduced lunch, that's a catastrophic emergency. Who cares what some website says about Augusta, why isn't anyone doing anything to reduce those numbers????

Iwannakno
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Iwannakno 06/16/11 - 11:41 pm
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Corgi hit it out of the
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Corgi hit it out of the park...and it wasn't the riverfront park that Deke wants the taxpayers to pony up to please his buddy Cal Ripken either.

The Augusta metro area shed 1,900 jobs in May, led by a downsizing of workers in leisure and hospitality that erased most of the gains produced by Masters Tournament hiring. Apparently Countyman sees what he wants...the 1900 were not the Masters jobs the Masters jobs actually made the number lower than it would have been. Only BooBoo the fool can look at South Augusta and say it's a raving success...I invite you to ride down Gordon Highway (I would advise daylight hours only) it looks like a ghost town. One of the reasons I was always against consolidation is because I knew exactly what would happen. ARC takes the tax base (which is comprised mostly by South Augustans) and only wants to use it on downtown. Where's the lower water bills and free trash pickup that was promised? We got no break on our water bills and not only do we pay more taxes than downtown residents we have to pay a "trash" tax too. Enough already!!

Iwannakno
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Iwannakno 06/16/11 - 11:43 pm
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I didn't even touch on the
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I didn't even touch on the school system. Augusta was a great place to raise a family and educate your kids right up to the point of consolidation. You can paint feces a pretty color but at the end of the day guess what it is?

broad street narrow mind
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broad street narrow mind 06/17/11 - 07:54 am
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did this headline change from
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did this headline change from 1900 jobs lost to jobs gains from april were eased in may? much nicer. it sounds like the job gains are getting a massage at the hospitality suite.

Brad Owens
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Brad Owens 06/17/11 - 07:57 am
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corgimomThursday, Jun. 16

corgimomThursday, Jun. 16 8:39 PM,

BRAVO!!! AUTHOR AUTHOR!!!

Wow, I haven't seen a more true rant in a long long time.

The truth shall set you free.

I hope countryman takes a big fat straight shot of this and gets a truth buzz followed by a reality hangover.

Brad

justthefacts
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justthefacts 06/17/11 - 08:00 am
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Not only that, but it appears

Not only that, but it appears she may set a personal best for the use of "I"!

broad street narrow mind
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broad street narrow mind 06/17/11 - 08:35 am
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it was a good corgi
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it was a good corgi rant.
maybe augusta should go ancient greece style with taking turns in office.

iLove
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iLove 06/17/11 - 02:34 pm
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CMOM said:"EIGHTY-FOUR
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CMOM said:"EIGHTY-FOUR PERCENT"

It is more like 74 percent.

http://www.doe.k12.ga.us/fbo_nutrition.aspx?PageReq=FBOPricePolicy

The amount of students on F&RdL isn't affected by the ECONOMY?

It seems EVERY school in RC has atleast half of its students on free or reduced lunch except ARJ.

What's a better way to get your local economy rolling? By these stats and your comments, our local economy must suck.

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