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Will politicians' jobs plans work?

Michelle Sizemore Michelle Sizemore
Catherine Hogg, GDOL-Albany Career Center Asst. Director Catherine Hogg, GDOL-Albany Career Center Asst. Director

Are you happy with your job? Do you even have a job? For thousands, the answer is no. Thursday night, President Obama will unveil his $300 billion plan to try to create jobs.

Presidential candidate Mitt Romney outlined his jobs plan Tuesday.

Will any of that really make a difference to south Georgia job hunters?

We searched the Department of Labor's website, there are nearly a 100 different job offerings for Albany, but there are more than 8,000 people in the Albany area unemployed and looking for work.

At the Georgia Department of Labor, the stories of unemployment vary. Michelle Sizemore moved back to Albany after losing her job seven months ago in Okaloosa, Florida as a result of the oil spill and lack of tourists.

"I have a lot of skills in secretarial, restaurant, hair dressing, but there doesn't seem to be a market for any of that right now," said Michelle Sizemore.

Steven Hudson thought he'd have a job for life after getting on with a Cooper Tire contractor.

"I laid tires at Cooper. I don't have that any more to go back to, so you know it's not the same anymore in Albany," Hudson said.

It isn't the same job market in Albany, but labor officials point out, there are jobs from construction to higher education. They say you have to look for something that best fits your skills.

"Sometimes you have to broaden your horizons and the skills that you have, you may have to use those skills in another area that you might not have thought of going into," said Catherine Hogg, GDOL-Albany Career Center Asst. Director

It's a market where job searchers, know they can't be choosey.

"You can't be picky, I'm not above any job there is, it's just I don't have the skills to go out and build houses," said Sizemore.

Both are keeping an eye on the jobs plans coming from politicians, but don't expect the job market to improve until the economy does.

 "I feel like if Democrat and Republicans could work together with the President it would be much better, I know we can't put all on him, he is just the President," said Hudson.

Labor officials believe everyone has a transferable skill and say if job searchers are willing to relocate, they may be able to find work a little faster.

The Georgia Department of Labor says the toughest thing for job seekers is not to get discouraged. They say it can take between 10 and 12 weeks to longer to find a new job if you've been laid off.

The Georgia Department of Labor reminds employers they can advertise jobs for free on the Department of Labor's website. Job seekers can also find free resume help and job search assistance through the Department of Labor Career Centers.


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