Jobs Report Frustrates Nevada's Longterm Unemployed
Erin BreenChannel 2 News
The dismal national jobs report out today showed a trend toward fewer and fewer jobs being created in this country. And that has added to the frustration of Nevada's longterm unemployed.
The JobsConnect office in Reno was busy today and those who work there say it's been steadily busy for months now as Nevada continues to have the highest unemployment rate in the nation at 11.7% - down from 12% the month before.
In the Reno/Sparks area, the rate fell from 12% to 11.4%. And in Carson City unemployment dropped from 12.4% to 11.8%.
"I go home every night and almost every night I cry because there just ain't any jobs out there," says Linda Smith who's had only a couple of temporary jobs since 2009. "I come in here and I look for assembly work or warehouse work or anything but it's all temporary...a couple or months and that's it."
Kathie Holbrook who manages the office says as people are out of work longer employers want to know what they are doing with their time. She says even if you're unemployed you can still be productive.
"People need to think about that gap in employment on their resume' and they need to fill it. They could take classes or volunteer or even join Toastmasters. Anything to show they are serious about bettering their situation."
Holbrook also says there are jobs. But some people are just not willing to lower their expectations or consider doing anything other than what they last did for work. She says with an open mind, an a positive attitude and some patience there are jobs to be had.