Georgia's unemployment down, partly due to Kohl's in Albany
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -
Georgia's unemployment is
at its lowest rate since September 2008, partly because stores like Kohl's here
in Albany hired more workers.
"We have employed
about 30 seasonal hires for the holiday season," said Audrey Trice, Store
Workers here at Kohl's
have seen the rush during this holiday season.
"Yes we have seen
several people come in over the past couple of weeks, we open at 6 AM and you
do have shoppers in at that time,” said Trice.
To handle the holiday
rush, the store hired extra workers for various areas.
"It's basically in
all areas of the store from operations to the sales floor to cashiering,"
Ernistine Winchester is
one of the seasonal employees who were recently hired, she says she's glad
she's employed, and is part of that growing number of Georgians who have jobs, despite
the still sluggish economy.
"It feels wonderful,
every day I meet a lot of great people, and we expect a lot things from our
customers," said Winchester.
Gary Smith stopped by Kohl's
this afternoon to do a little Christmas shopping; he says he's impressed with
the seasonal workers work ethic.
"Yes the ladies in
the back wrapped my gifts, they are doing an excellent job, that's what's
Christmas is all about," said Smith, Kohl’s shopper.
While Ernistine Winchester
is glad to have a job, she understands there are still some Georgians who are
unemployed.Her message to them is don't
give up hope.
"I do know a lot of people that are
unemployed but hopefully hang in there and something will happen,” said
Georgia's unemployment rate announced today
is 7.7%, down four-tenths of a point from October and a full point from a year