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THOMASVILLE, GA (WALB) -

While the national unemployment numbers look promising, southwest Georgia is moving in the wrong direction.

The unemployment rate for southwest Georgia climbed to 9.4 percent last month from 9.1.

And south Georgia jobseekers say there are just too many applicants for jobs available.

Thomas County Jobseekers William Cason and Gregory Gartrell say they have been on the job hunt for a while, but they are not ready to give up.

"Most of the time I've been doing my job search online, but I decided today to come down to the unemployment office and just see what they had to offer. Online it hasn't been going well," said Cason.

"So far it has been pretty productive as far as getting interviews, but nothing concrete has come about. But I'm still hopeful and I'm not going to quit until I get something more in line with what I more prefer to be doing," said Gartrell.

Cason and Gartrell were at the Thomasville Career Center today trying to find that perfect match.

"Been taking advantage of the computer services, fax machines, the various data bases that I'm able to come in contact with, the job fairs. Every avenue that they've offered I've tried to take advantage of and make full use of," said Gartrell.

Cason says he pays attention to the local and national unemployment statistics and he says the numbers don't lie.

"I have been watching those figures and it has been mind boggling. In this area particularly, it's hard to find a job."

Gartrell says he is considering going back to school to increase his qualifications for potential future openings.

"Trying to at least get my skill set a little bit better positioned for the upcoming job opportunities that will be coming through new legislation, through new healthcare, and possibly through environmental concerns."

Gartrell says he thinks while the federal budget cuts will lessen opportunities in the federal sector, the state government will need to take on more responsibility, and possibly adding more jobs.

Loss of seasonal jobs and increase in new layoffs are the two primary factors cited in the unemployment increase.

 

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