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12 OYS: Job numbers out, but what do they mean?

News 12 at 6 o'clock / Thursday, December 16, 2010

AUGUSTA, Ga. -- The November numbers are out. The unemployment rate in the state rose again to back above 10 percent.

In Augusta, unemployment fell to 9.9 percent.

But a long term outlook is unclear. The Olin plant in Augusta announced plans to lay off 50 workers. Still, one employment agency says jobs are available.

"There are jobs for those that are serious about becoming employed," said Mike Frazier, owner of Peak Employment Solutions.

Those like Dejon Montgomery, who was unemployed for nine months before he got a job at Georgia Iron Works.

"Back and forth between jobs, looking in the paper, computer, out there, just hungry man, finding something to do," he said. "Running around the house making my family miserable, because I didn't have work, didn't have my own money."

He got his first paycheck today.

"You only get what you put into it, so I felt like my persistence paid off."

That's what employers want too.

"They want those that want to work, they don't want those who have been forced into the market because their unemployment benefits run out, they want those that say I can continue to draw unemployment, but I don't want to," said Frazier. "I want to work."

Frazier says technical and engineering jobs are increasing. But he says if you want a job in any field bad enough you can get one.

"It's even available for those who are willing, sometimes to even just start over."

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