Archive for June, 2009

Farm Jobs in Atlanta Get Funding

Monday, June 29th, 2009

Those with farm jobs in Atlanta and throughout the State of Georgia will soon be able to apply for funding.

The Georgia Department of Agriculture recently announced that nearly $1 million in federal funds will be up for grabs in the form of competitive grants that promote the marketing and enhancement of specialty crops throughout the state. The funds are being distributed under the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program, which was part of the 2008 Farm Bill.

About $909,576.22 in funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture will be awarded on a competitive basis for developmental projects that support and enhance the competitiveness of Georgia Specialty Crops. Awards will be presented for projects that can successfully measure the greatest return on investment of the federal dollars. Grants of $10,000 to $150,000 will be awarded for up to three years.

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Atlanta Teaching Jobs not Adding Up

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2009

There aren’t enough people available to fill a slew of Atlanta teaching jobs.

Public schools across the country are in desperate need of more math and science teachers. But some schools, including many in the metropolitan Atlanta area, are having problems filling vacancies. According to an article by WAGA, some schools are hiring teachers from other countries to fill vacancies.

For instance, a school board in Birmingham, Alabama, recently approved a measure to hire math and science teachers from the Philippines. This came only weeks after the same school system laid off dozens of American teachers, although officials said several of those teachers failed to meet federal standards.

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Atlanta Manufacturing Jobs Created by NCR

Wednesday, June 17th, 2009

One company is helping to create thousands of Atlanta manufacturing jobs.

NCR Corp., which is a Fortune 500 company, recently announced its plan to relocate its corporate headquarters from Dayton, Ohio to Duluth, Ga., a suburb of Atlanta. That move will create 1,250 jobs in the Atlanta metro area and more than 2,100 jobs throughout the state during the next five years, according to an article by The Associated Press.

NCR also said it plans to establish a state-of-the-art manufacturing plant in Columbus, Ga. That plant alone will create an additional 870 jobs during the next five years. The company is the world’s leading provider of ATMs and also makes cash registers and airline check-in kiosks. The company employs 23,000 workers throughout the world.

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Atlanta Summer Jobs

Wednesday, June 10th, 2009

City officials are asking local businesses to help create Atlanta summer jobs.

Under the Mayor’s Youth Program, companies in Atlanta are able to sponsor interns for the summer free of charge. Internships will be offered from June 1 to July 24 to graduating seniors at Atlanta Public Schools.

“This internship program is designed to give students the opportunity to develop business skills and apply their knowledge in a real world environment as they work to achieve their dreams – and this year the city has a grant to pay their salaries,” Mayor Shirley Franklin said. “Through our strong partnership with the Metro Atlanta Chamber and the business community, we have had a great few years, and this year companies can sponsor an intern at no cost to the company.”

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Atlanta Jobs Lost

Monday, June 1st, 2009

Although the city’s unemployment rate staid level during April, more Atlanta jobs were lost as nine industries eliminated positions.

Atlanta‘s unemployment rate remained at 9.1 percent during March and April, which is slightly higher than the national unemployment rate of 8.9 percent.

The Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta area had a total non-farm employment of 2,322,100 workers during April, according to the United States Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics. This is down from 2,323,800 workers during March and a 5.1 percent decrease from last year.

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