Jobs paying $26,754 a year to start, with medical and other benefits, aren’t all that common nowadays for those with the minimum requirement of being age 18 or older with a high-school diploma or GED. And, one assumes, also not having been on the wrong side of a cell door. Women will not be considered for obvious reasons at the all-male, hard-core offender facility. Guard personnel are not armed as they supervise the inmates.
Assuming 40-hour weeks (with two weeks paid vacation a year) that comes out to $12.86 an hour which, just for comparison purposes, is far better than the federal minimum wage although still less than most positions in the textile industry — Chattooga being one the few places in Georgia where it still thrives.
The Georgia Department of Labor is holding a job fair for the positions on March 12, from 2 to 6 p.m., at the Chattooga County Civic Center in Summerville. Turnout may be informative in gauging economic conditions.