Unemployment down, jobs opening up in Aiken County

By: Ashley Jeffery Email
By: Ashley Jeffery Email

News 12 @ 6 o'clock, September 25, 2009

AIKEN CTY, S.C. --- Stacks and stacks of applications represent hundreds of people waiting for jobs. One of those papers belongs to Candice Barbre. She's been looking for work for two and a half months.

"It's really hard to find something locally that you're used to doing and when you're trying to find something similar to what you're used to doing, it's very hard, very hard," said Candice Barbre who's looking for a job.

Candice is among the thousands still looking for a job in Aiken County.But with the unemployment numbers dropping, her search could be getting a little easier.

"We've been hiring. Companies are calling us back, they're calling employees back. We've seen the boost first and I believe other companies are feeling it too," said Isaac Kelly of Aiken Staffing.

Aiken Staffing says from professional to industrial jobs, they've seen a 20 percent increase in companies looking for workers.But they're not the only place helping people walk out of the door and hopefully into a job. Over at the Aiken Workforce Center they're also working to do their part to make sure people in Aiken County can find jobs."

The workforce center says they're glad to see the number of unemployed people going down, especially since they place about 100 people per month in a job in Aiken County. But Tina Barfield believes the diminishing workforce could be part of the reason why the number is on the decline.

"When folks have been unemployed for so long, that gets discouraging and some do drop out of the workforce, they simply decide that they'll wait a little while for work, so i do think that that plays a big part in it," said Tina Barfield Director for the Aiken Workforce Center.

But even with a small decline and a long way to go, people are still optimistic.

"I got some good news today. Hopefully they'll hire me to where I can get a permanent job and not have to worry about the economy crushing me down," said Barbre.

South Carolina gained about 14-thousand jobs last month because of school starting back. To find out more information about who's hiring and how to join the search, click on the "Find it Button."

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