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By Wainwright Jeffers - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Georgia's unemployment skyrockets to near double digits.

New numbers Thursday show the unemployment rate at 9.3 percent.

With so many people out of work, you may be asking where are the jobs?

We did some research and found some the top industries still hiring.

Not surprisingly, the top industry is Food Services.

While other companies are seeing a slump in business many fast food places are bucking that trend.

"They want something quick and easy," said Cooper Wallace, Manager.

The strain on pocketbooks and wallets is pushing more people opt for fast food.

At many of those restaurants these days you can get a lot for just a few dollars, others would argue the taste isn't bad either.

"It's good fresh hot chicken and we have good product all the time," said Wallace.

And the food industry seems to be where many are still being hired.

Food services are number one in the top five industries in short term employment projections for Georgia for 2008-2009.

Food services, with openings estimated to be more than 17,000 for the year.

Educational Services are next, followed by self-employment, Administrative services such as laborers, and Professional and technical services like customer service representatives.

For Popeye's which just opened two weeks ago that means jobs.

"About 20 to 25 at the most and we have three managers, Mr. Stephens, myself and Vincent Williams," said Wallace.

And with a constant flow of customers is keeping them busy.

"A lot of flow going on, and a lot of people coming in from opening until closing at 10:30 at night," said Wallace.

Other areas the state projects a lot of openings includes hospitals, nursing, and employment in local and state government.

Like many in the food industry they would like to think it's the price driving customers in the doors, but this manager said the good customer service and the food helps.

"Good customer service and hot food that makes a difference in a lot of restaurants," said Wallace

Though the food industry has the most projected openings for the year, it's not all good news.

Wendy's, which recently acquired Arby's restaurants, lost close to $400 million last quarter.

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