May 9, 2007
AUGUSTA, Ga.---Augusta's unemployment rate may soon be taking a dip down. Roughly two thousand new jobs are heading this way. Some have already been filled.
This could be good news for upcoming college graduates.
Entry level jobs aren't always high-paying, but ADP and T-Mobile are changing that, making it easier for those with little experience.
Tameeka Roberts is trained and certified. She's worked in medical billing for two years, and after relocating to Augusta, she wants to find a similar job.
The 25-year-old fills out applications, hands out her resume and hopes for the best.
She, like many others, came here looking for an opportunity.
"I think there are a lot of jobs in this town. A lot," said Elsa Bustamante. "You just have to look for them."
Lately, you don't have to look very far. Two companies have made two major announcements this year.
ADP, set to open this fall, promises one thousand new jobs. At least 25 people have already been hired.
Then there's T-Mobile, a giant in wireless communications. It's opening a brand new call center with 750 jobs.
Until now, entry level positions have been limited in both selection and salary, especially for candidates without a college degree.
MCG, for example, offers housekeeping and various desk jobs.
While Tameeka is trained in her field, she still feels the pressure and knows degree or not, there's nothing easy about this.
"I've been looking around," she said. "I've applied to hospitals online and I've been coming here."
We're told ADP is offering roughly $30,000 a year; T-Mobile, in the upper 20's.
No college degree is required, and successful applicants will receive complete training.
T-Mobile is holding a job fair all day on Wednesday, May 16, at the Doubletree Hotel.