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More People Moving to Texas Panhandle

Lina Alassali Lina Alassali
Phyllis Payne, Ambassador Hotel GM Phyllis Payne, Ambassador Hotel GM
Trent Morris, Panhandle Workforce Solutions Trent Morris, Panhandle Workforce Solutions

For Lina Alassali, the Texas Panhandle is her safe haven.

"It's definitely the right place to be in right now," she said about the hard economic times troubling people across the country.

Difficult times have more people, like her, looking for a better life.  They are finding it here, in Amarillo.

"Texas attracts people because it has a strong background of hard working individuals," said Phyllis Payne, Ambassador Hotel general manager.

And a strong workforce.

Amarillo city officials say our area has seen a 2 percent increase of workers from outside the state. This comes after a new census report shows more people are moving to the state of Texas from other parts of the country.

"That's a good sign that Amarillo is growing bigger and they are giving a lot of job opportunities here," Alassali said. "And that's perfect."

This picture perfect situation could change. The economy has driven unemployment in our area up to 4 percent.  

"We've definitely seen our share of lay offs and unfortunately we are experiencing that as well, but we still have employers hiring today in our office," said Trent Morris, Panhandle Workforce Solutions director.

The Ambassador Hotel has hired more people recently from other areas, using services like these.

"From outside the Texas area, we have used people from Catholic Family Services and just wonderful recruiters who know the caliber of employee that we want," Payne said.  

They look for people, like Lina, who want a new start In a better place.

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