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Jobs outlook promising, but unemployment still high

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) –  More jobs than expected were created across the country last month, but the unemployment rate remains high.

The national jobless rate held steady at 9.6-percent in October for the third straight month. In southwest Georgia, the rate is still at 10 percent. Nationwide, 151,000 new jobs were added with education and health care sectors leading the way. The numbers should improve even more with seasonal workers entering the workforce. Albany JC Penney managers told us they're adding 20 more seasonal employees than last year, for a total of 50 additional jobs. Labor officials say many employers are encouraging those looking for work to apply online.

"The biggest opportunities are in the retail area, so a lot of the employers have online applications and so we suggest to people if they don't have a way to do the online application certainly you may come here and use out resource center where the computers are and go online and apply for these jobs," said Betty White, Georgia Department of Labor.

Labor officials say you need to dress to impress if you're applying for a seasonal job. And be sure you work hard if you get one because those jobs often turn into permanent employment for good workers.


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