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Northeast Missouri Unemployment increases in December

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HANNIBAL, Mo. (WGEM) -

 

If you've been laid off in Northeast Missouri, you're not alone.  The most recent unemployment numbers show several Northeast Missouri counties saw a rise in unemployment from November to December, some as high as 2 percent in one month. 

So for people who've been looking for a job for months, where can they turn for help? People said it's not easy to find a job, whether it's in Hannibal or any Northeast Missouri County. According to the Missouri Economic Development, more than 200 people were unemployed in December, and they join a number of people who've been trying to find work for months.

"Oh it's very difficult.  I've been unemployed for seven months," said Marchelle Rudd.  
She's still looking for a job after she was laid off this summer, and she said you can't give up.  

"I would advise that they would keep trying. Go for any opening.  Any opening go ahead and apply for it and keep looking if it's not what you're really looking for," Rudd said.  

Rudd uses the Missouri Career Center in Hannibal for help and has some advice for those who are looking to stand out from the rest.  

"Actually I sit there at the career center and go to fix my application read up on what people are looking for as far as looking for someone to fill the position and I think back to what I've done as far as in that position," she said.  

Judy Eaton is a NECAC County Coordinator.  She said if you're looking to get back into the workforce, you have to be creative.  
 
 "I always say to my clients, think outside the box. Just because you've always done whatever it is, you now need to think, what else can I do," Eaton said.  

Despite the high unemployment numbers, some businesses are hiring.  But Great Clips Assistant Manager Jessica Lavery said she's starting to realize just how many people are out of work. 

"We've had maybe six or seven apply over the last 3 months.  I've seen more people apply actually since the weather's gotten cooler," said Lavery.  

NECAC also has some services to help people who are unemployed...such as a life skill class and a case management program.  For more information, contact your local NECAC office.

Some other information for you, there's also a Job Fair in Louisiana, Missouri on February 1st at 120 South 5th Street from 9:00 until noon.  


 

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