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Statistics reveal higher wages and job growth in Atlanta

The latest jobs report from Georgia’s Department of Labor indicates growth for Atlanta, and higher wages for blue-collar workers.

The DOL report states that Atlanta gained 1,900 jobs in September and the region has gained 24,500 more jobs, three times more than last year at this time.

The new jobs added so far is three times the number at the same point last year. With seasonal hiring about to kick into high gear, now is a good time if you’re looking for a job.

With low unemployment numbers, employers are having to pay more to attract good employees. Many regional employers are paying well-above minimum wage, with Amazon raising its entry-level pay to $15/hour, and several other large employers paying similar wages.

It is also important to know your rights. The Fair Labor Standards Act ("FLSA") provides that all workers must earn at least minimum wage and all non-exempt workers be paid overtime compensation for time spent working in excess of 40 hours in any work-week. Currently, the federal minimum wage is $7.25/hour.

For more information or if you have any wage and hour question, please contact the experienced Georgia wage and hour lawyers at Buckley Beal, LLP for an immediate consultation.

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