Tennessee Weekly Offers Free Classifieds to Unemployed

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By: Joe Strupp

A Tennessee weekly is responding to the economic collapse with one helpful move: free classified ads for unemployed residents.

An editor?s note in Thursday?s edition of the Independent Herald of Oneida, Tenn., invites those seeking work to use the paper?s pages to list job skills and find employment.

“As economic conditions continue to worsen across the region and the nation, the Independent Herald is announcing a free service to local job-seekers,” the note by Editor Ben Garrett states. “Free classified ads will be placed in each week?s edition of the newspaper for Scott Countians who are out-of-work or in need of extra income. The ads will provide interested workers an opportunity to list their skills, experience, and type of work being sought, and will also offer them an opportunity to raise money in other ways.

“Whether they?re seeking work from babysitting, odd jobs, professional services or other work, job-seekers are invited to submit a classified ad (the offer is limited to individuals and does not include businesses).”

Independent Herald Publisher Paul Roy stated that the free ads were a limited-time offer.

“These are troubling times,” Roy said in the note. “The unemployment rate continues to rise, and there have been layoffs and rumors of other layoffs. We felt this service would be a way in which we could lend a helping hand to the community, and we will continue it as long as the need exists.”

The note adds that: “the local unemployment rate recently topped 12%, with additional layoffs announced more recently. Ads should be limited to 25 words or less and include a telephone number.”

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