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By Brian Graybgray@ themonroetimes.comMONROE - Higher unemployment combined with a jump in the number of people requesting and receiving services created a busier workload for Green County Human Services Economic Support specialists.In response, the department received permission from the Green County Board of Supervisors in June to hire another economic support specialist. When the person is hired and trained, the department will have nine people, up from eight last year, to work with people who have been impacted by the economy.The additional specialist is needed because more people are asking for assistance, said Jeannie Blumer, Green County Economic Support Specialist supervisor. "We're seeing numbers of people who have lost their jobs or lost their homes that are unlike anything we've seen before," Blumer said.In 2009, according to Blumer, human services worked with 112 households that were homeless or near homeless.

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