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Walmart now taking applications!

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) -  Close to a thousand jobs are coming to Albany over the next year. Fifteen new businesses will open and hopefully pump life into Albany's lifeless job market.

While construction isn't complete, Walmart is already taking applications for 200 jobs that will be available when the store opens in East Albany.  There are an additional 11 out parcels on the site that will mean even more jobs. 

They're not alone, Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital's CEO Joel Wernick announced plans today for a new clinic that will add another 300 medical jobs to the region.  Both are sure to improve an unemployment rate that's been as high as 11.6 percent last year.

This is certainly encouraging news not just for Albany, but for all of Southwest Georgia.

In the last year Albany's job market has been as flat as the new East Albany Walmart-mart parking lot, but the addition of the store and 11 other nearby businesses will change that.

"These jobs will help a lot of individuals put food on the table take care of themselves and their families," said Catherine Hogg, of the Department of Labor, Albany Career Center.

Tuesday Robert Greene worked on his application at the Department of Labor Career Center. He was laid off from Excel about a month ago.

"It's tough and then you know and trying to get, there's so many people in line," said Greene.

He's hoping his past employment and military career will help him stand out.

"I have management positions, I mean in the past so that opens it up for bigger chance of me getting a management position," said Greene.

He's not alone, a stroke in 2009 put Brenda Carter out of work and getting back into the job market isn't easy.

"It hasn't been rewarding, but it's not enough to make me stop," said Carter.

She's also hoping Walmart will be the key to employment.

"I'm sure they're looking for hard working, dependable people and those are some of the active words I will chose to put on my application to hopefully stand out," said Carter.

If Walmart isn't the right fit, The Dollar Tree, Shoe Show, Simply Fashions, RadioShack, Pet Sense, a Chinese Restaurant and Wing Dixie will likely all be looking for employees in the same plaza.

"You've got all these people sitting around not doing anything, it will help the community by giving people jobs, it will stop the crime rate I would think," said Carter.

Giving those looking for employment hope that 2011 will be the year they stop looking and start working.

Another note, construction crews have started work on Cordele Road near Clark Avenue you can expect some lane closures and delays.

Motorists are asked to avoid the area temporarily.  The store will likely open in July.  You can fill out an application for Walmart online

The Department of Labor says the computers in their Career Center are available for use to fill out the application.


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