Unemployed react to new jobs numbers
Hundreds of people lined a Meridian street with cars on Friday, hoping for a chance to find work at a job fair. It happened on the same day of news about unemployment numbers being the lowest they've been in years. Video by IdahoOnYourSide.comvideo
Hundreds of people lined a Meridian street with cars on Friday, hoping for a chance to find work at a job fair. It happened on the same day of news about unemployment numbers being the lowest they've been in years.
"I don't think it's getting a whole lot better, to be honest,” says job seeker Andrew Nichols. “because, I can't really find anyone who will accept me."
For Nichols, the search has been going for four years. Friday, he was one of many at the Department of Labor, hoping to find a job with WDS.
"There are, ya know, quite a few more jobs that people have to choose from,” says John Russ with the Idaho Department of Labor. “So, there's a little more selection. Ya know, people don't have to take, ya know, basically the first thing that comes along.”
Llabor numbers suggest Nichols may have better luck finding a job soon, as more jobs come available.
"There is a little bit larger variety, as far as the types of jobs being offered,” Russ says. “Ya know, there was a period of time where there was just a lot of retail, ya know, maybe even seasonal type help"
So, even if his online application isn't accepted, Nichols says he'll focus on the next step.
"Next step? I guess I check out my references and keep on chugging,” he says. “It's the only thing you can do"