Industry Research : Proposed Call Center Could Brighten Job Picture
With a July jobs report showing only a slight improvement in unemployment, a potential project that could bring 200 jobs to the county would be a welcome development.
The Georgia Department of Labor reported Thursday that Colquitt County’s unemployment rate declined by O.2 percent in July. Preliminary numbers show a jobless rate of 10.1 percent in July, down from an adjusted 10.3 percent rate the previous month.
That number is still above the July 2010 rate of 9.8 percent.
Southwest Georgia as a whole showed even less improvement at 0.1 percent, declining from 10.5 percent in June to 10.4 percent for July. Statewide, July unemployment was at 10.1 percent, up from 9.9 percent in June.
About 80 percent of the increases in the unemployment rate in June and July were attributable to the traditional summer layoffs, the agency said. As schools reopen and school personnel return to work the state should see a bounce.
In Moultrie, economic development officials are working to land a call center. Recently, it was announced that four existing employers are adding 83 jobs related to agriculture and home manufacturing.
"We’ve got several projects, and one of them is a call center," said Darrell Moore, president of the Moultrie-Colquitt County Development Authority. "We’re working with them. It could result in about 200 jobs."
The number of jobs at the call center would be less initially, but eventually would reach that level, Moore said.
The Labor Department reported that the unemployment rate decreased by 0.1 percent in Brooks to 8.9 percent, by 0.4 percent in Mitchell County to 10.4 percent, by 0.2 percent in Thomas to 9.1 percent, and by 0.3 percent in Tift County to 12.3 percent.
The unemployment ratewas up by 0.7 percent in Cook County, rising from 12.7 percent in June to 13.4 percent in July, the agency reported.
Posted by Veronica Silva Cusi, news correspondent
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