CRISP COUNTY, GA (WALB) - The Shoney's logo in Cordele is covered up and, 35 laid-off employees are looking for work . Many of them have already started to go to the Department for Labor for help, a trend they have seen grow in the past year.
"We are pretty well filled up, and the number of unemployment claims have increased," said Manager of the Crisp County office, Larry Ulery.
The tough economy is hurting everyone in Crisp county, but the service industry is being hit the hardest. "With the price of gas, less people are eating out. They are not traveling so the hotel industries are hurting," said Ulery.
Construction on I-75 hurt what was already considered a slow business year for Shoney's. "That basically stopped customers from coming in and hurt our business enough to where it needed to be closed down," said former-restaurant owner, Dallas Hunt.
And just a few exits down, 74 employees at the T. A. Travel Center truck stop will also be looking for work. But the Department of Labor is working hard to help everyone.
"We give them job search workshops, help fill out their resumes. We have the computers available to them, faxes where they can fax their resumes to different jobs, said Ulery.
And they say finding those jobs is becoming harder to do. "We have got some jobs. Jobs are getting harder to find, but we have them. And we have people working everyday to get more jobs," said Ulery.
"Production worker jobs are coming up. We also have the census bureau coming, and they are going to hire about 35 to 40 census workers." In July the unemployment rate in Crisp County was at seven percent. The new numbers for August will be coming out tomorrow and they are expected to be slightly higher.