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750+ apply for 45 state jobs in Dalton

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Story by Paul Shahen
Eyewitness News Reporter

DALTON, WHITFIELD (WRCB) - The need for jobs was evident Thursday in Dalton. Hundreds of people showed up for a career fair, hoping for a chance at one of 45 new jobs with the state labor department.

The turnout was amazing, but expected. Quality jobs in Northwest Georgia are not easy to come by. With unemployment rates through the roof, this is a once in a lifetime job offer for a lot of struggling locals.

"Since they are funded by the federal government to provide a service that people must have, they are about as recession proof as any job can be," said Sam Hall of the Georgia Department of Labor.

That's good news for any county, but especially Whitfield County with an unemployment rate two points above the national average at 11.7 percent.

It's simple, people in Northwest Georgia need jobs. Proof enough; more than 750 people applied for 45 jobs.

The Georgia Department of Labor says this is more than a step in the right direction.

"You rebuild lost jobs a step at a time, your local chamber of commerce has long range rebuilding plans, and this is part of that," said Hall.

The Dalton based disability adjudication will be the first of it's kind north of Stone Mountain. Workers will decide who receives social security disability payments in Northwest Georgia.

Hall said the pay will be between $20,000 and $50,000. Equating to a $6 million yearly economic impact.

Good news for people like Beau Joyce who made $50-60,000 a year before he was laid off almost a year ago.

"It's not the end of the world, you learn to cope with it. Adjust and go more to needs than wants, definitely a nice lesson in humility," said Joyce.

Joyce is just one parent trying to make ends meet by taking a shot at Thursday's job fair.

Similar stories filled the room. Mary Lin Slator has been laid off four times in five years. Still she pushes on.

"You kind of have to take a step back and take a breathe and focus on the whole picture, instead of this piece of the puzzle of that piece of the puzzle," said Slator.

Both Beau and Mary Lin, said you need to stay positive. The 45 jobs available range anywhere from $20,000 to almost $50,000.

If you missed Thursday's job fair you can still apply at www.dol.state.ga.us

The deadline is Friday August 27th at midnight.

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