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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  • by Redz Location: Tallahassee on Mar 7, 2011 at 10:02 AM
    The data can say what it wants to say? Unemployment is not down! There are no jobs in Tallahasse for sure. If there are so many then where are they? Unemployed persons are not looking for a hand out but rather a job. It's these Republicans that have been voted into office that are stopping everything. They need to create jobs. Like this new governor who stated that he could do this but wants to cut the state but comes in giving his people more in salaries than what the former personnel were making. It's going to take him seven years? Yeah right. He definitely will not be a second term governor and neither will the rest of the Republican governors for that matter.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 5, 2011 at 10:32 AM
    Unemployment is not down. They really think we are stupid
  • by Kevin aka Reality Location: Monticello on Mar 5, 2011 at 10:07 AM
    Answer for anonymous. The 14 Million plus that want to work , would rather work , but are now FORCED to get by on 100 a month Food Stamps , because EUC has run out , and Employers would rather hire the Under Qualified for cheap.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 5, 2011 at 08:50 AM
    Kevin aka Reality, How many people in the US are dying from starvation?
  • by Kevin aka Reality Location: Monticello on Mar 5, 2011 at 08:02 AM
    Mabye this is the NEW formula ....if we can force enough Citizens to starve and die , we can cut spending?
  • by Worried on Mar 5, 2011 at 07:51 AM
    Something better start happening fast. He's trying to end 1000s of state jobs in Tallahassee, thus further flooding the Tallahassee job market with even more qualified employees. I'm not so certain that simply shifting jobs from the public sector the private sector is going to help the State's economy, but it will sure look good on paper, under the guise of eliminating state spending.
  • by Kevin aka Reality Location: Monticello on Mar 5, 2011 at 07:35 AM
    In some cases yes . But in most States , Fl and CA especially , it is NOT down , but people have exhausted all available EUC credits , so theyve simply fallen through the cracks. Isnt it nice to know you have been sacrificed , for a better statistic on paper?
  • by Anonymous on Mar 5, 2011 at 07:02 AM
    greg , You are pathetic. You actually have to search for jobs, not just look. If you actually were to search you would be able to find places that are hiring. I have been looking, and even though i am working a good job, I have to keep my options open. I find jobs all the time, so you are either too stupid to search correctly, or you are lying.
  • by greg Location: fl on Mar 4, 2011 at 05:04 PM
    i check online everyday no one is hireing.
  • by unemployed Location: ga on Mar 4, 2011 at 05:04 PM
    it is not down but people have exausted their benifits.
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