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Sumter Co. unemployment climbs with Collins & Aikman closure

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February 8, 2007

Sumter County-  By the end of the week, nearly all 350 Collins and Aikman employees will be laid off, forcing Sumter County's jobless rate to climb.  Layoffs announced last month at the Sumter County plant that produces automotive parts begin Saturday.

The Georgia Department of Labor has held workshops and job fairs to help many employees find new jobs. 

"Obviously with them being laid off it will affect the unemployment rate, currently it's about at 6 percent for Sumter County, we don't know yet just how much it will impact it, and again it has to do with how many will go right on to work elsewhere and we're seeing quite a few of those," said Jamie Loyd, Ga. Department of Labor. 

Loyd said the longevity and dedication of employees who worked at Collins and Aikman makes them re-employable.

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