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Summer employment is tough to find for many job seekers

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(May 23, 2011 / WRDW-TV)

News 12 This Morning at 6 o'clock / Monday, May 23, 2011

AUGUSTA, Ga. --- For the first time in nearly two years Georgia's unemployment rate is finally down to the single digits at 9.9% for the month of April. However, the unemployment picture for teens remains bleak as many start to look for jobs now that schools are on summer break.

Summer job seekers are on the prowl online for some seasonal employment. Dozens pack the Augusta career center at the Georgia Department of Labor everyday in hopes of landing a job.

"It's just hard finding work right now," said Joshua Foskui who has been searching for a job since the beginning of the year. He has the summer off from college and wants to save more money.

"My first job is okay. I just want extra money, so I can save up and get a car," he explained.

Teens just out of school may have a harder time, according to career center manager James Abron. "Because of the economy teens are not just competing with teens. Teens are competing with other people that are out there looking for a job," Abron said.

Since 2008 the unemployment rate for teens has increased steadily. Three years ago it was at 22%. A year later in 2009 it rose to 29%. Last year it jumped to 36%.

"A lot of teens don't have any work experience. They need to make sure they can sell themselves to be able to tell the employer why they would make a good employee," Abron added.

So list your volunteer work and your extra curricular activities. Abron also recommends searching for jobs that always hire seasonal workers like garden centers, amusement parks, and other hospitality industries. If you are like Joshua just keep looking in person and online.

"My recommendation is to do both. Don't rely on one or the other. I would look online just as much as I'd be out there," said Abron.

The good news is employers added more jobs in April, about 30,000 new jobs in the state of Georgia.

The career center is also a good resource for many to drop by, they have resume workshops to help you with your resume writing skills. They also recommend visiting their website at, http://dol.state.ga.us/js/find_a_job.htm to apply for jobs online.


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