POSTED: Friday, March 9, 2012 - 10:59pm
UPDATED: Sunday, March 11, 2012 - 8:42pm
EL PASO - The unemployment rate in El Paso saw a slight decrease in January according to a report released Friday.
El Paso's unemployment rate was 9.6 percent, down from 9.8 percent according to the Texas Workforce Commission, but about 33,000 people in the area remain unemployed.
"It is kind of hard but I have seen that there is work out there I'm just hoping to have an opportunity to find a job," said Martha Sotelo who is looking for work in office management.
There has been improvement nationally. The Labor Department reports the unemployment rate remained the same as last month at 8.3 percent making it the first time in five months the rate hasn't gone down.
For the month of February, 227,000 jobs were added bringing the total number of new jobs to more than 400,000 for the year.
The state of Texas saw the seasonally adjusted rate improve in January from 7.4 percent to 7.3 percent. In El Paso the rate remains much higher than the rest of the state at 9.6 percent.
"It is frustrating, very frustrating especially on your pocketbook and mentally," said Alvaro Sanchez, a medical sales representative.
Sanchez said even with years of experience, it's difficult to find a job.
"There's a lot of competition and you just got be out there and market yourself because there's a lot of people looking for jobs," Sanchez said.
As the economy continues to grow nationally, Sanchez remains optimistic.
"There's plenty of hope, you just got to go out there and keep scratching," Sanchez said.