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Congressman hosts job fair
by Noreen Cochran
April 09, 2014 11:31 AM | 1766 views | 0 0 comments | 28 28 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Staff / Noreen Cochran. Waffle House trainer Lisa Palermo.
Staff / Noreen Cochran. Waffle House trainer Lisa Palermo.
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Staff / Noreen Cochran. From left, District 13 U.S. Rep. David Scott, D-Atlanta, and Georgia Department of Community Affairs spokeswoman Alison Tyrer  at the congressional job fair in College Park.
Staff / Noreen Cochran. From left, District 13 U.S. Rep. David Scott, D-Atlanta, and Georgia Department of Community Affairs spokeswoman Alison Tyrer at the congressional job fair in College Park.
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Staff / Noreen Cochran. From left, Linda Lovelace and Kenny Buchanan of UPS’ south Fulton location at the congressional job fair in College Park.
Staff / Noreen Cochran. From left, Linda Lovelace and Kenny Buchanan of UPS’ south Fulton location at the congressional job fair in College Park.
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Congress is helping to save the mortgages of residents experiencing unemployment, where in metro Atlanta the latest figure is 6.9 percent, through a job fair held recently by District 13 U.S. Rep. David Scott, D-Atlanta, whose district includes parts of Fulton County. The 11th annual event at the Georgia International Convention Center in College Park featured a Georgia Department of Community Affairs program to protect unemployed or underemployed homeowners from foreclosure.

Scott said the HomeSafe Georgia program, through which residents can qualify for 18 to 24 months of free home mortgage payments, was funded by Congress in 2008.

“It’s from our Hardest Hit program that we were able to attach to the Wall Street bailout bill,” he said about the $700 billion legislation. “As we said, if we can bail out Wall Street, and those big companies up there, we’ve got to get some help down at the lower-income and middle-income [levels] for struggling homeowners.”

At the job fair, Scott estimated more than 10,000 applicants came from all over the metro Atlanta area.

“Isn’t that something,” he said about a line of hundreds of applicants waiting to register. “This is big.”

The attendees met about 100 employers who committed to filling nearly 4,500 vacancies.

“They have those openings they are looking to fill because one of the requirements that we have for employers coming, they’ve got to hire people. They have to have openings,” Scott said. Employers like the Hyatt Regency Atlanta, SunTrust, UPS, Regions Bank, Wells Fargo Bank and Waffle House represented industries seeing growth, according to the Georgia Department of Labor.

In the most recent jobless figures for the state and metro Atlanta – 7.1 and 6.9 percent, respectively, in February – the sectors shedding the fewest workers included accommodations, hospitality, transportation and warehousing.

Those industries plus financial services were among those gaining the most jobs year-to-year in metro Atlanta, where the February 2013 unemployment rate was 8.4 percent.

“This is the eighth month in a row that Georgia’s unemployment rate has declined,” state Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said in a statement. “The rate dropped in February because Georgia employers created nearly 7,000 new jobs and reduced the number of new layoffs more than 30 percent.”

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