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ESC Workers Help State's Unemployed On Labor Day

Posted September 1, 2003 4:02 a.m. EDT

— With North Carolina's job market taking a beating, a state agency stayed open on Labor Day to help people find work.

Employees at the

Employment Security Commision

spent Monday, answering phone calls and answering e-mail from those who are concerned about losing their job.

"We've been struck by the amount of traffic that we've had. It's as much as we can handle," said Harry Payne, of the Employment Security Commission.

Most callers wanted to know about unemployment claims and available jobs, but the office actually got a call from a trucking company in the eastern part of the state with about 400 jobs to fill.

It is the second year the Employment Security Commission has answered phone calls and e-mails on Labor Day.