Unemployment Skyrocketing

POSTED: Thursday, August 19, 2010 - 7:34pm

UPDATED: Thursday, August 19, 2010 - 10:49pm

El Paso - The number of jobless claims across the nation is skyrocketing.  Unmeplyment claims hit five hundred thousand this week. However, here in the borderland that number is down by nearly 300 this summer.

The Texas Workforce Commission's center in Downtown El Paso has seen nearly 500 people come in to search for jobs this week alone. The commission says they see multiple visits each week from the same job seekers  Hugo Torrecillas is one of the many hunting for a job.

In 2008, Torrecillas was making $65,000 a year in construction.  Not even two years later, he and his 6 year-old daughter are homeless living at a shelter. He logs onto the computer everyday to look for work. "It's just way too sad after you work so hard to buy your house and keep your family together.  But losing everything, losing your house, my home than battling to keep my daughter with me, it's really tough," argues Torrecillas.

The Commission contends this economic climate sets up perfectly for the employer.  Therefore, according to the Commission, "It's not only your education and experience that matter, it's also your resume, interview skills and presentation."

The El Paso division of the Texas Workforce Commission also says there are two main reasons why claims are down here in the Borderland compared to the rest of the country: the influx of soliders and their families coming to Fort Bliss, and the small economic surge created by the opening of the Texas Tech Medical School.

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