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Unemployment numbers stagnant as job hunters scramble to find work

Carlisa Malone

Carlisa Malone has been searching for work for six months. (November 19, 2010 / WRDW-TV)

News 12 This Morning at 6 o'clock / Tuesday, November 19, 2010

AUGUSTA --- According to this week's unemployment figures, Georgia's unemployment rate for October has stayed the same at 9.9%. Still above the national average.

As more people scramble for extra income during the holiday season, some in Augusta say they can't find a job anywhere. One woman has spent the last six months searching for a job.

"Bills are piling up. As long as I got bills, I don't know what I'm going to do," said Carlisa Malone. "My kids never had to miss a Christmas."

Things are not looking good this year for Malone and her family. She was let go from her housekeeping job back in May.

"Sleeping is a problem. Waking up in the morning, trying to figure out how you're going to turn 50 cents into a dollar. It's real stressful."

Her bills pile up fast, adding up to $1500 a month. She's asked local churches and organizations to help her with her utilities, but they can't help right now, because so many people are asking for assistance and funds are tied up. The job hunt for Malone is just as tough.

"I can't find anything," she said. "No matter where I go, I'm getting turned down for something silly, or they're slow, don't have enough work."

Places like the Augusta Career Center say they see people like Malone every day. Nearly 150 people walk through their doors daily and ask for help finding a job

Manager James Abron told News 12 that at the center, job seekers "have access to computers, fax machines, and copiers." The technology can help them speed up the job hunt. Abron said the center also offers other avenues to employment: "We refer people to training and educational programs as well."

For example, the Georgia Works program gives people the chance to train with potential employers for up to six months. Abron says learning new skills could be the key to better opportunities for people like Malone.

If you're interested in the Georgia Works program, you can visit the Augusta Career Center on 601 Greene Street. The Career Center manager really stresses that there are jobs out there. Sometimes it's a matter of expanding your skill sets and looking at other career fields.

The Department of Labor will release Augusta's unemployment numbers next week.

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