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Growing Jobs in a Growing Economy

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Washington, September 24, 2019 | comments

The Peach State is on the rise, and our economy and job market could not be better. In August, we recorded over 7 million job openings in America, more than the number of people out of work. Unemployment is well below 4%, hourly earnings have risen 3.4% over the past year, and Georgia is once again the top state for business – for the sixth year running. As economic gains continue at a healthy pace as we enter fall, records just keep getting broken.

The Trump economy has created an environment where job opportunities are available in every sector of the economy, and I’m heartened that opportunities abound right here in the 10th District. From Fortune 500 companies like Facebook to local businesses growing from the ground up, the labor market is strong for those looking for work or new career paths.

Our community is also home to such companies as Takeda Pharmaceuticals, Nisshinbo Automotive Manufacturing, Novelis, General Mills, and countless others who have helped our region flourish. Drawing folks back into the workforce, I’m very proud to be connecting the economic development offices of Greene, Jasper, Morgan, Newton, Rockdale, and Walton counties with local talent during the upcoming Regional Job Fair on Friday, October 4th.

Hosted by Georgia Piedmont Technical College, this event will match businesses and entrepreneurs with job seekers to build a stronger workforce. With at least 700 jobs available, I hope those around the district who are looking for work, a career change, or simply trying to take stock of their options will freshen up their resumes, put on their Sunday best, and come down to network and make connections.

I’m also excited to announce several new professional development components this year. For those looking for interview practice, there will be an application prep station with mentors on hand for mock interviews and resume support. Additionally, two mobile labs – massive RVs lined with computers – will be on site for candidates to draft resumes and apply on the spot, and a professional jacket closet sponsored by Goodwill of Northeast Georgia and FISH of Walton County will be free for residents to upgrade their business attire to help make a stand-out first impression.

All in all, I’m thrilled to be a part of this outstanding event to join job seekers, local businesses, industry leaders, and public partners as we build on this exciting economic momentum and expand opportunities in our community. If you or someone you know is interested, stop by Georgia Piedmont Technical College on Friday, October 4th, between 8:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. It could make all the difference!

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Congressman Jody Hice is the U.S. Representative for Georgia's 10th Congressional District, serving in his third term. He serves as the communications chair for the House Freedom Caucus, and is a member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform and the House Natural Resources Committee.

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