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Almost 20% of Potter County Residents on Food Stamps

About one in five people living in Potter County rely on the state for food. We looked into it, and found out that's twice the state average.

NewsChannel 10's Marissa Bagg explains what may be leading so many people to count on food stamps. 21,000 people in Potter County alone depend on this office to put food on the table every day. We're told many people turn to them because it's hard to hold down a job in Amarillo.

"I tried a couple jobs they were hard and I gave it my all, 'I'm sorry you're not what we want we need to find someone to fill your position'," says Lauri Chappell.

We caught her stopping by human services for help. Panhandle WorkSource says it's often a challenge for them to match job seekers with employers in town.

"Sometimes they set their horizons too high, we've all had to work our way up and sometimes individuals want to skip that route," says Misty Ingle.

Ingle tells us the unemployment rate is 3.2, the second lowest in the state... Which can limit the variety of job seekers employers can choose from.

"If it gets too low it constrains businesses abilities to grow or expand in our area you have to have a solid work force to draw from in order to consider an expansion or relocation," says Ingle.

Transportation is also a major issue.

"It was harder for me because I was using the bus - no transportation that's another thing  I've seen lots of people looking for jobs diligently like me on the bus," says Chappell.

Right now work source is training more people for the jobs that will allow them to get off government programs.

"If we don't have trained workers available then that's where AC and WT have stepped in and developed programs to train those individuals," says Ingle.

Everyone we spoke with on the Food Stamp Program says they've hopped around from three or more jobs since 2004.

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