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Unemployment seminar draws a big crowd

By Jim Wallace - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - More than a dozen small businesses learned more about the unemployment insurance and benefits process Tuesday.

Many businesses for the first time are facing the prospect of laying off employees, and have to learn what they are required by the state to do.

Managers from Dixon Farm Supplies drove all the way from Alapaha to attend the Department of Labor's unemployment seminar.

"Since the economy is the way it is, we have had a lot of people signing up and drawing unemployment benefits on us. Whether they are technically qualified to draw them or not," said Human Resources Manager Carla Troup.

The Department of Labor held today's program because many South Georgia businesses have never dealt with unemployment law.

"Now that we find ourselves in a recession, there are people that are having to lay off who have never had to lay off before. So they are coming for information on how the unemployment insurance process works," said Department of Labor Training Consultant Cherry Rizer. 

The SOWEGA Council on Aging employs 145 people in 12 counties, and Director Kay Hind said tough times means they have to protect every dime to keep their programs going.

"I want people who deserve unemployment to get it. But I want people who don't deserve it not to," said Hind.

The Chick Fil A drive thru is not laying off; in fact they are hiring. But they say they want to know the latest Georgia's employment and unemployment laws better.

"It is tough. There is always something new we have to deal with. There are always new laws and new amendments to laws," said Human Resources Manager Anna Wari.

So the Department of Labor will continue to try to help small businesses keep up with those laws.

Many of the employers at Tuesday's seminar say they have seen more unemployment claims this year than they can remember.

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