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THOMASVILLE, GA (WALB) -

Georgia's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate dropped to 8.2 percent in April.

That's down from 8.4 percent in March.

Southwest Georgia Technical College Social Work student Bridget Sangfield says she is encouraged by today's unemployment news.

"That makes me feel great because first of all I know I am getting a great education and so I know the placement will be great by the time I do finish."

While many new students were registering for the Summer Semester today, others were preparing and planning for the work force.

"We are here to assist with resume writing, career searches, cover letters, those kinds of things, mock interviews. And the students seem to really appreciate that because they feel like they're very prepared when they go for a job interview," said Career Placement Coordinator Jeanine Long

Long says they actually see a higher number of non-traditional students when the unemployment numbers are high.

"A lot of people are coming back to be retooled to a profession that is in great need. Just because the unemployment rate has gone down, does not mean those high demand jobs have disappeared."

At 8.2 percent, Georgia's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate is the lowest its been since December 2008.

But Long says lately she has noticed more job opportunities across the state for her students.

"Many of our students are already offered jobs before they graduate because of the clinicals, externships, and internships that we do, the employers get to see them at work. So very often students are offered the job before they graduate."

Sangfield says with the state of the market and the training she is receiving, she has no doubt she'll be able to land an excellent job.

Georgia employers created more than 31,000 jobs in April.

 

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