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Job searches require more time these days

By Jennifer Emert - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - More than 6,000 unemployed people are looking for work in the Albany metropolitan area. 

The Department of Labor says it's taking those searching for jobs longer to find their next paycheck.  In southwest Georgia, many are still taking advantage of the Career Centers in Albany and other cities.

Career Counselors say education and health care continue to be the fields where they're seeing growth. They encourage the unemployed to consider going back to school to help them find a job. 

"We're encouraging folks to both be open minded about taking positions that were maybe not on the same level as they were before in order to find employment," said Robert Gordon, Department of Labor-Albany Acting Director. "At the same time, we're focusing on helping folks find the funding for the education they need."

Many currently receiving unemployment also qualify for Hope Scholarships that can help pay for additional schooling.

The state will host the Department of Labor's 15th annual televised job fair May 17th. You can see the live broadcast from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM right here on WALB.

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