Unemployment High In El Paso
POSTED: Thursday, September 8, 2011 - 3:45pm
UPDATED: Sunday, September 11, 2011 - 2:39pm
EL PASO - El Paso's unemployment rate is higher than Texas and the rest of the Nation.
"Our current unemployment rate is 10.4 percent, which means 35,000 people are currently without a job in our area," Lauren Macias-Cervantes from Workforce Solutions said.
At least four people looking for jobs on Thursday at Workforce Solutions Basset Place have been unemployed for more than two years. Many others also say it's hard to find a job in El Paso.
"We have seen job seekers now who are now more on the verge of becoming homeless because they have been unemployed for so long," Macias-Cervantes said.
Not only do we have 35,000 people looking for work, El Paso recently lost 3,000 jobs. Macias-Cervantes says it may be temporary.
"In the summertime we do see a drop in jobs and we see the unemployment rate increase simply because those employees that typically work in the school system come out for the summer," she said.
For those without a job, Workforce Solutions always has a job bank ready and people to help you find employment. This weekend at Bassett Place they're holding a job fair with HP. The company has more than 100 openings in El Paso.
"Our services are free. There is no cost. If they don't have a computer at home, we have computers. We have online job bank that has more than 1000 jobs every week," Macias-Cervantes said.