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Mother's Day shopping during the recession

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By Wainwright Jeffers - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The government reported Friday that the national unemployment rate jumped to 8.9-percent in April.

The pace of job losses actually slowed, but the economy is definitely still struggling.

That means some people may spend less for Mothers Day.

Many South Georgia businesses are hoping for a much-needed boost in business this weekend.

"I'm taking her out to Logan's and bought her a beautiful handbag from Belks," said Kasandra Robinson, Camilla.

Despite many Americans pinching pennies these days orders for flowers at the Flower Basket is keeping workers at the flower shop busy.

"We had to stop taking orders already; this Mother's Day has turned into what it was like on Valentine's," said Tibbie Watson, The Flower Basket Manager.

Watson says she was worried it wouldn't be as busy this year.

"We didn't think it was going to be this busy but we're very pleased," said Watson.

Many people are looking for bargains, and you can probably find one if you just ask.

"We'll always work with somebody to try to help them," said Watson

Rachel Milner has a booth at the Albany mall and is catering to those looking to save.

"A lot of people don't have money to spend like they use to be because the economy is so bad they're trying to spend as less as possible," said Milner.

But so far the low prices are not moving the merchandise as fast as she would like.

"It's been a bit slow the past couple of days but it may pick up a little bit, today has been busier than the past couple of days," said Milner

Last minute shoppers could be the savior she and other businesses need this year.

A few shoppers told us off camera they are spending less, and instead of crowded restaurants they'll cook for mom.

And if all else fails most mothers will tell you they'll be satisfied with a simple card given with love.

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