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August 12, 2005

Albany -- New unemployment claims posted a double digit rise in Georgia last month. More than 42,000 laid off workers filed new claims in July, mostly in the manufacturing sector.

Labor Department experts say there are good jobs available across the state, but the worker must have the skills businesses want.

Students at Albany Technical College's computer class are training in one of the field's where workers are needed. Georgia Department of Labor Albany Manager Norman Race said "Virtually every job these days requires some kind of computer skill. "

Last month's jobless report was one of the worst of the year, and when Bobs Candies lays off it's 200 plus workers in October, Albany Labor Department officials know it will get worse. Race said "They may need to go to retraining, and begin another career."

While manufacturing jobs are going overseas, new job opportunities struggle looking for trained workers. Race said "The service sector and the health care sector are really drawing people. Technology is another area where there are jobs around the state."

Labor experts are already working with Bobs Employees, helping them get ready to search for new jobs.

They recommend all Georgians improve their education and job skills, in a changing economy. Race said "It pays to go back to school and continually upgrade your skills. Because you just really never know when you may lose your job, and so it's good to be prepared."

Computer training is one of the ways South Georgians can make themselves valuable to employers.

While unemployment rises across the Peach State, many businesses are looking for people to hire, if they have the training and skills needed.

Albany's unemployment claims rose 29% in July. Only three of Georgia's 14 metro areas posted job gains, Savannah, Macon and Brunswick.

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