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Augusta gained 1,000 jobs in October

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Augusta gained 1,000 jobs in October, according to the Georgia Department of Labor.

The gains came in retail, business services and the hospitality industry. Slight losses were recorded in manufacturing and federal government work.

State data, released Thursday morning, said there were 208,000 people with jobs in the six-county metropolitan area, up from September, but down 2,100 jobs from October 2010.

Georgia added 26,500 jobs last month, most of the growth occurring from early hiring in retail, transportation and warehousing, as employers prepared for the holiday season.

In all, there were 3.81 million Georgians with work in October, up from 3.79 million in September.

The state also said there was an increase in the number of people filing for unemployment benefits in the Augusta area. There were 2,155 initial claims, up from 1,757 in September, and higher than the 1,987 seen in October 2010.

Statewide, the number of people seeking unemployment for the first time increased 9 percent, to 55,865. Most of the first-time claims were filed in manufacturing, administrative and support services, and construction. There was an over-the-year decrease of 1,629 initial claims, or 2.8 percent, from 57,494 filed in October of last year.

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allhans
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allhans 11/17/11 - 10:35 am
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Hiring for the Holidays, huh.

Hiring for the Holidays, huh.

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countyman 11/17/11 - 02:02 pm
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I noticed anytime there's

I noticed anytime there's good news the number of comments are always low..

iLove
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iLove 11/17/11 - 02:13 pm
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Lol I agree. I guess some
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Lol I agree. I guess some people simply like to gripe from behind a computer all day.

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Riverman1 11/17/11 - 02:22 pm
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Not trying to find fault in

Not trying to find fault in everything, but if there were over 2,000 new claims for unemployment and only 1,000 jobs created, how is that a good thing? Splain that to me.

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Brad Owens 11/17/11 - 04:01 pm
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A net loss of jobs is "good

A net loss of jobs is "good news" countyman?

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kiwiinamerica 11/17/11 - 05:30 pm
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@ Countyman ROFL...........oh
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@ Countyman

ROFL...........oh yeah, this is GREAT news. Don't we usually gain jobs in October? You don't......uh..........think that this might have something to do with hiring for the Christmas season, do you?

Let's look at the numbers. Augusta gained "1,000 jobs in October". There were a total of 208,000 people in work. Therefore in September, there were 207,000, right? That's an increase of 0.48%. Wow..........stop the presses!!

But wait......... this is still 2,100 BELOW October 2010. Therefore, in October 2010 there were 210,100 people with jobs. In other words (and this is the punchline, folks) over the past 12 months we have LOST jobs, despite the one month gain reported here. Furthermore, unemployment is also up. Thus, while the number of people working went up over a one month period, the number of people unemployed went up MORE.

Yes folks, it's boom time in Augusta!! Oh and don't forget..........we've got a new wing joint just opened up over by "Best Buy". Check it out!

allhans
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allhans 11/17/11 - 07:34 pm
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kiwiinamerica I can't think

kiwiinamerica
I can't think of anything that I dislike more than those horrible
"wild wings" Ugh!.

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Dixieman 11/17/11 - 08:50 pm
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What businesses did the jobs

What businesses did the jobs come from??

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Craig Spinks 11/18/11 - 04:22 am
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Glad employment was up in

Glad employment was up in October over September. Hope it continues that way in the face of the media's obsession with bad economic news. After all, psychological factors constitute important parts of any economic calculus.

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madgerman 11/18/11 - 08:58 am
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I had a guy cut my grass the
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I had a guy cut my grass the other day. Does that mean we actually created 10012 jiobs? I would really like to se3e the definition of the word JOB by the GDOL. Is it a position where someone works 40 hours a week, does it have any benefits and lastly is it a position that pays a living wage? Again I think my grass cutter JOB could be included in this wonderful news of job creation. P.S. the grandson worked in one of the party places 8 hours a week for the lucrative "training wage". Was that position included in the wonderfull news?

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madgerman 11/18/11 - 09:06 am
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Don't you just love the
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Don't you just love the flowery language used to make us feel better?
Consider the following gem from the article. "The gains came in retail, business services and the hospitality industry."

What they meant was "the gains came in retail clerks, dish washers, stock boys, maids and waiters/waitresses". But of course if we used those title for the jobs, then our Associates would be heartbroken to find out what they really did.

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allhans 11/18/11 - 10:13 am
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In the same news cycle was

In the same news cycle was the story that 34 (or more) city workers would be let go.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 11/18/11 - 10:30 am
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Yesterday, Commissioner Joe

Yesterday, Commissioner Joe Bowles was on Austin Rhodes' radio program. Bowles has such a sense of humor. They were discussing Judge Roper's decision in which the city prevailed, but did not win their request to have plaintiffs pay the city's legal fees. Bowles quipped that it may have to be 35 employees let go because of the judge's ruling.

:-)

allhans
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allhans 11/18/11 - 11:07 am
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Good one

Good one

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Augusta resident 11/19/11 - 02:53 am
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My son gained and lost his

My son gained and lost his job. party City hired him for halloween and he knew it was a temp job. He took it anyway instead of mooching. He turned around and got another job . It's easy for him because he doesn't turn down jobs. People go out of their way to destroy a job interview. Smack gum, wear flip flops, smoke, cuss, don't fix their hair ect....just to keep their benefits. There are jobs out there. My daughter has 3 jobs, sometimes 4. People won't work as long as Uncle Sam will cut them a check.

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