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Hard times may send many in search of part-time jobs

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By Len Kiese - bio | email

October 7, 2008

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The slumping economy has brought hard times for many of us. The costs of all sorts of necessities are going up and a full-time job may not be enough to survive anymore. So some are looking for supplemental income.  Now may be a good time to look for a part-time job.

The United States is in a fragile financial state right now. For many Americans, money is tight and becoming harder to come by. "You have bills, you have your family, you have kids and it's hard to make ends meet," said jobseeker Charlie Jones.

Unemployment claims nationwide are at a 7-year high.  Charlie Jones is one of the numbers. He's looking for a full-time job. "But there's nothing out there," said Jones.

Like Jones, more people are finding it hard to land permanent full-time work and more people are turning to part-time jobs for sole or supplemental income. "Some are single parents looking for that additional income so they can make a magical Christmas for their kids but overall it's a diverse group of people that come in," said Amy Clark with Target.

Stores like Target have already started accepting applications for seasonal work because of the approaching holidays. With the economy the way it is, the number of applicants at many places may grow.

"Our applicant flow is always very high," said Clark.

"Most of the time around November through the 1st of the year, those employers that are looking to add additional seasonal employment will start to list their orders with us," said Mikell Fryer with the Georgia Department of Labor.

The Georgia Department of Labor places jobseekers in both full and part-time work. Mikell Fryer expects more people taking advantage of the upcoming part-time positions. "I'm thinking that we'll have some people come in to take that opportunity," said Fryer.

At this point, Jones will take what he can. "The way things are now, it's rough," said Jones. He's just ready to get to work. "Oh yeah," said Jones, "I'm not giving up."

The competition may be a little tougher though as full-time, hard times lead more people in search of part-time jobs for relief.    

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