Amid Low Unemployment in Macon, Mile-long Job Fair Line Tells Different Story

Jun 17, 2019

Organizers and city leaders are still puzzling out why a job fair at the Anderson Conference Center in Macon recently saw an unexpectedly large turnout.

More than 3,500 job hunters stood in a line a mile long, and some continued to wait hours after the fair technically closed.  This all happened amidst reports of low unemployment rates for the county and state.

Employers such as Amazon proved a huge draw, and the size of the crowd came as a surprise not only for the job hunters but also the officials running the event. 

Stephen Adams is executive director of the Macon-Bibb County Industrial Authority, the entity charged with attracting new businesses and employers to the county. He joined On Second Thought to talk work opportunities in Macon and how the infrastructure of the county is ready for new industry.

On Second Thought also spoke with Alex Camardelle of the Georgia Budget & Policy Institute. The GBPI is dedicated to nonprofit, nonpartisan research and analysis. Camardelle explained how measuring unemployment might not paint an accurate economic picture — and how that misinterpretation can adversely affect policy decisions.

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