Unemployment remains high across the panhandle, and many Floridians are hoping the new year will bring a new job. Most will wait until next week to begin their searches, but employment agencies are preparing for a large influx of people right now.
The One-Stop Career Center in Marianna hasn't seen too many people the last few days, but that will change beginning on January 1st, 2011.
"We're expecting bigger crowds the first of the year, first off, the first of the month is always a big time, people look at that as a new start and then of course new year's, it's traditionally a time where people look to start over," says Richard Williams with the Chipola Regional Work Force.
20-year-old Chance Walton is the exception. He wants to get a head start on what will most likely be heavy competition.
"Being able to get to the computers before everyone else, the books might be taken up, I want to have a better opportunity of the people looking for employees to see my application before anybody else's," Walton says.
Williams says he's hoping employers will also make it their New Year's resolution to hire more people.
"From talking with employers, we know there's some movement out there," Williams says.
One of the biggest examples was West Point Home which announced in November it would keep its Chipley facility operating. Despite the current high rate, Williams believes unemployment is a cyclical process.
"When things are at their best, we know they're going to get worse and when things are at their worst, we know they're going to get better," Williams says. Like any other New Year's resolution, he says finding the right job will take patience and dedication.
The Chipola Regional Workforce Development Board serves Calhoun, Holmes, Jackson, Liberty and Washington County.
You can find more information at their website: http://onestopahead.com/