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Jobless get new resources
Seminar set for Saturday; City runs job ads on TV

COVINGTON - In an effort to provide hope to the jobless in the community, District 2 Commissioner Earnest Simmons is sponsoring the Newton County Job Resources Seminar from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Newton County Historic Courthouse.

Anyone age 16 or older who is in search of employment is invited to attend the free event.

The seminar will include information on where and how to look for jobs, resume creation, interview skills and career goal-setting.

The Department of Labor will be on hand as well with information.

"We just wanted to give folks who are unemployed the resources to get back into the work force and not lose hope in this atmosphere," Simmons said. "After looking for a job for three or four or five months, they get discouraged, and we don't want that to happen."

For more information about the seminar, call Simmons at 678-410-0972.

In related news, the city of Covington has partnered with the Georgia Department of Labor to run its Jobs TV program on local Channel 20.

The program lists jobs in Newton and surrounding counties. Certain jobs that may have special requirements may be aired statewide but most are aired within the region, said Utilities Director Bill Meecham.

"This started when we were considering the idea of running local and area job announcements as a community service," Meecham said. "Our goal was to provide an additional means of providing job information to augment, but not replace, whatever approach that a potential employer may already be using in the hopes of helping with the double-digit unemployment in the county. When we contacted DOL to find out if we could gain access to their listings, we found out that they produce a program that's being distributed to public channels around the state."

The program runs daily at 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Channel 20, and another run time may be added, Meecham said.

"We also will broadcast a single slide job announcement in conjunction with our daily info postings if someone has a local job opening, either full- or part-time. We encourage potential employers to use all available services for job announcements - newspaper want ads, CCTV, (the) labor department, etc., so that news of an opportunity reaches the largest number of potential candidates possible," he said.

Newton County's unemployment rate in March was 11.9 percent, up from 8.6 percent in February, according to the Georgia Department of Labor. The state unemployment rate for March was 9.2 percent.

Crystal Tatum can be reached at crystal.tatum@newtoncitizen.com.