Augusta jobless rate climbs

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Paula Byrne (left), of Martinez, Georgia, stands at a counter speaking with employment services specialist Jeanne Griffin (right) at the Georgia Department of Labor office at 601 Greene Street on Thursday, January 24, 2013 in Augusta, Georgia. Byrne said she came in to see why she could not log into the computer system to job search. Sara Caldwellstaff
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Paula Byrne (left), of Martinez, Georgia, laughs with Dennis Kitchings (right), of Hephzibah, Georgia on Thursday, January 24, 2013 at the Georgia Department of Labor office in Augusta, Georgia. Sara Caldwellstaff
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Khreem Baker helps 2-year-old Za-nae Baker into her coat as he prepares his family to leave the Georgia Department of Labor office at 601 Greene Street on Thursday, January 24, 2013 in Augusta, Georgia. Ten-year-old Ja-Quay Haynes (right) stands, watching TV, while Baker helps his daughter. Baker said after he was recently laid off, he has spent his time at home with his children. Sara Caldwellstaff
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The Georgia Department of Labor office is located at 601 Greene Street on Thursday, January 24, 2013 in Augusta, Georgia. Sara Caldwellstaff
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Once he's been seen and finished with his meeting, Khreem Baker leaves the Georgia Department of Labor office with his family on Thursday, January 24, 2013 in Augusta, Georgia. Sara Caldwellstaff
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Promise Swain bounces Eric, Jr. Hightower (right) as she sits in the "kiddie corner" at the Georgia Department of Labor office at 601 Greene Street with Khreem Baker's family, as they all watch television on Thursday, January 24, 2013 in Augusta, Georgia. Swain said she was watching the baby while her mother worked at a computer, job searching. Jaedyn Jones (left, foreground) and Za-nae Baker (lower right) laugh with Swain and the baby. Sara Caldwellstaff
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Promise Swain (right) bounces Eric, Jr. Hightower (center) as she sits in the "kiddie corner" at the Georgia Department of Labor office at 601 Greene Street with Khreem Baker's family, as they all watch television on Thursday, January 24, 2013 in Augusta, Georgia. Swain said she was watching the baby while her mother worked at a computer, job searching. Jaedyn Jones (left, foreground) and Za-nae Baker (lower right) laugh with Swain and the baby. Sara Caldwellstaff
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Khreem Baker (right), as he holds paperwork while he waits for a worker to see him, sits with his family in the "kiddie corner" at the Georgia Department of Labor office at 601 Greene Street on Thursday, January 24, 2013 in Augusta, Georgia. Six-year-old Jekel Roberts (left) and 4-year-old Jaedyn Jones sit at a table and watch a movie playing on a TV while the group waits for Baker to be called. "I need a job bad," Baker said. "I came down here to see what they have. I like to work with my hands and I can do anything except fly a helicopter, fly an airplane or drive a tractor trailer." Sara Caldwellstaff
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Paula Byrne (right), of Martinez, Georgia, stands at a counter speaking with employment services specialist Jeanne Griffin at the Georgia Department of Labor office at 601 Greene Street on Thursday, January 24, 2013 in Augusta, Georgia. Byrne said she came in to see why she could not log into the computer system to job search. Sara Caldwellstaff
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Paula Byrne ( far right) stands at a counter as she waits for someone to speak with about problems with logging into a computer system to job search on Thursday, January 24, 2013 at the Georgia Department of Labor office in Augusta, Georgia. Sara Caldwellstaff
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Khreem Baker (right), as he holds paperwork while he waits for a worker to see him, sits with his family in the "kiddie corner" at the Georgia Department of Labor office at 601 Greene Street on Thursday, January 24, 2013 in Augusta, Georgia. Six-year-old Jekel Roberts (left) and 4-year-old Jaedyn Jones (center) sit at a table and watch a movie playing on a TV while the group waits for Baker to be called. "I need a job bad," Baker said. "I came down here to see what they have. I like to work with my hands and I can do anything except fly a helicopter, fly an airplane or drive a tractor trailer." Sara Caldwellstaff
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Dennis Kitchings sits in the front hallway, where he directs those coming into the building to where they can receive answers to employment questions, along with other needs, at the Georgia Department of Labor office at 601 Greene Street on Thursday, January 24, 2013 in Augusta, Georgia. Sara Caldwellstaff

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