Unemployment Offices Boom

Marin Rivas, Panhandle Workforce Solutions
Marin Rivas, Panhandle Workforce Solutions

It is becoming more and more difficult for Amarillo unemployment offices to meet the growing needs of job seekers.

Today the Texas Workforce Commission announced the state unemployment rate has risen to six percent.

While the Amarillo unemployment rate is three point eight percent, work force agency employees say the unemployment rate is not high enough to help the unemployed find quality jobs.

More than 3,500 people are looking for jobs in Amarillo, over a thousand more than were looking at this time last year.

Panhandle Workforce Solutions Marin Rivas says, "It has increased in the last two to three months. Since the state of the economy has gone down there has been an increase."

And for some like Kathi Weger, looking for employment is becoming a full time job.

"You have to do it alot. All day, everyday. And I finally figured out that you have to dress like you are going to a job interview everyday because if you don't you might have a job opportunity slip through because you didn't dress properly," she says.

Weger says it's frightening to see the unemployment office crowded on a daily basis.

"I used to come on Mondays and Tuesdays and finally they just said come on Thursday we're not nearly as busy, well now you come on Thursday and people are just sitting in line for a computer to look for a job."

Rivas says the easiest way to apply for unemployment benefits is online.

Panhandle Workforce Solutions has hired more employees to help job seekers and Rivas says the state has created more online resources.

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