Unemployment Down Across the U.S., But Jobseekers Say Going Is Still 'Tough'

By: Caroline Gonzmart Email
By: Caroline Gonzmart Email
A decrease in the national unemployment rate is affecting jobseekers in Florida.

Participants wait in line at a Job Fair Thursday, Feb 24, 2011, sponsored by Best Jobs Magazine and the National Employment Council at Angels Stadium in Anaheim, Calif. The economy grew more slowly at the end of last year than first thought as state and local governments cut spending more deeply and Americans spent a tad less briskly.(AP Photo/Nick Ut)

Julie Smith left the workforce to care for her child, and is now one of thousands in Tallahassee searching for a job.

"My daughter was born seven years ago and I was a director of insurance and billing at a Tallahassee OB/GYN ... I'm anxious to get back into the workforce and be around people and peers of my own age."

Recent unemployment numbers across the nation are giving jobseekers hope -- at 8.9 percent, rates are the lowest the US has seen in what feels like forever.

North Florida's Workforce Plus says more jobs are opening up locally as businesses begin to hire again and new faces slowly migrate to Tallahassee, thanks to a renewed pro-business attitude.

Kimberly Moore is with the agency and says, "I think our governor had stated and encouraged that there will be a positive business climate and certainly, that does build the confidence of businesses that are outside our area coming into it."

But these changes trickle down slowly to people like Smith, who says, "The jobs -- there's just not as many of them and the criteria for you to get a job, you have to be more qualified than you used to have to be."

Experts say though things are tough for many who are out of work, signs that the tides are slowly changing have appeared.

But for millions unemployed across the U.S., the question remains whether they can wait that long.


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