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GA Department of Labor: CSRA loses jobs after Masters

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AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) -

Back in April, Kelvin Newman was happily employed, working for a contractor linked with the Augusta National Golf Club.

"When I was first working at the Masters I was picking up the golf balls for the people, you know, bringing them back and putting them in the bag," Newman said. 

But now, Newman is out of a job, and is one of more than 1,800 people who filed for unemployment in May. The trend is due to a loss of temporary seasonal jobs connected to the Masters Golf Tournament.

"A lot of those people seek out those types of positions just to be associated with the Masters and just to be a part of that historic annual event," said James Abron, Manager with the Georgia Department of Labor in Augusta.

After the green gates at Augusta National closed, the Georgia Department of Labor reported roughly 2,000 jobs were lost; spiking the unemployment rate from 7.6 percent in April to 8.4 percent in May.

The jobs report states most of the losses came in leisure and hospitality eliminating 2,300 positions, but that number was offset by gains in other sectors like retail trade and education and health services which added about 500 jobs.

"We're optimistic that the job market is going to continue its growth in the future, and we do not expect anything to change," Abron said.

Overall, job growth in the Garden City has increased by one percent since this time last year; making job seekers like Newman hopeful he'll be back to work soon.

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