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Seasonal businesses looking to hire but local unemployment numbers continue to creep up

Unemployment numbers

In South Carolina, the unemployment rate jumped .4 of a percentage point -- going from 9.1 in June to 9.5 percent in July. (WRDW-TV / Sept. 6, 2011)

News 12 This Morning / Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2011

NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. -- Many of you are heading back to work after relaxing over the Labor Day weekend, but there are thousands of job seekers waking up without a job to go to in the morning.

New unemployment numbers show the highest increase in unemployment in the Southeast is in South Carolina.

The numbers didn't stop Connie Rabun from looking for a job after losing her job over the summer.

"Oh it's very frightening because you got bills at home," Rabun said. "I was working for Aiken County school system for four years, getting ready to sign a contract to go permanent and was let go."

Rabun said after a month of endless online applications, she decided that she needed to apply in person.

"Get out early. I was out like at 7-7:30 that morning and I said, 'Before I go home, I'm gonna do something.'"

In South Carolina, the unemployment rate jumped .4 of a percentage point -- going from 9.1 in June to 9.5 percent in July. In Georgia, the rate went from 9.9 to 10.1percent in July.

One reason for the increase is new graduates trying to find jobs for the first time.

Mitzi Sharpe, manager at North Augusta's Halloween Express, said they usually hire about five to six people to start and end up with about 15 people by the end of the season.

Managers at the store say they are hiring for the holiday season and the applications are already flooding in.

"It's good extra money for the holidays," Sharpe said.

Managers say if you're looking for extra income, don't wait till the last minute.

"Most of it is all done in September," Sharpe said. "You might not have full-time hours, but it picks up gradually. It's always best to apply beforehand."

Rabun didn't waste any time, either. She found a job last month at a local restaurant opening up soon in Aiken County.

"It takes time and don't give up because there is a right job for the right person out there," Rabun said. "It just takes time to find it."

This Thursday, President Obama will give a speech on more job creation and deliver a plan on generating more growth.

Job seekers can visit the Labor Department in Richmond County at 601 Greene Street for additional resources. Those in Aiken can stop by 1571 Richland Avenue at the One Stop Workforce Center for resources and help with resumes.

If you are interested in applying for the position open at Halloween Express, call the manager at (803) 426-1551.


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