"Nobody's Hiring": Local Unemployment Skyrocketing

By: Joe Gagnon Email
By: Joe Gagnon Email

The Mesa County Workforce Center on North Avenue is busier than ever.
Full of unemployed people like Isabel Cervantes who say they call the center almost a second home, "I've been looking for work for three months already," she says "I come here at least 4 times a week."
Her resume includes seven years as a dental assistant, and has sent it out to 80 different companies.
However, she has no such luck on any leads.
As soon as she sees a brand new job opening, it's gone, "They will have one opening on that same day, and when I apply, it's already filled."
Unfortunately her story heard multiple times every day, and it's increasing dramatically.
Construction workers and truck drivers hit the hardest, hundreds of workers competing for each available job.
Shawn Frost has a Commercial Drivers License and has driven trucks for years until he lost his job last May.
"I'm stuck here lookin for a job," he says, "Nobody's really hiring."
He says his search has been extensive, his job each day, is finding a job.
The latest unemployment figures have come out, and there is an alarming trend.
In 12 months, the unemployment rate has jumped by 5.1%.
Workforce supervisor gilbert Lujan says there doesn't seem to be an end in sight, "We're gonna get out of the recession later than the rest of the nation."
Between Cervantes and Frost, they have sent out more than 100 applications, and, so far, little to no response.
All they hope for is a chance, bt it looks like it will take a long time for that chance to come.
If you are looking for a dental assistant or a truck driver, there are two hungry candidates at the Workforce Center each day.

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  • by Allen Location: Grand junction on Aug 25, 2009 at 10:32 AM
    The sad part of this unemployment debacle is that we saw it coming, but our community leaders encouraged, promoted and became cheerleaders embracing the extraction industries as a long term partner in the mix of Happy Valley businesses. It was never meant to be in the long history of our boom and bust economy. If you don't study history, it will continue to repeat itself. We were on a diversified plan to avoid another 80's calamity until our leaders got seduced by the greed of short term enticements. They rolled the dice and gambled away the assets of what made our Valley attractive. I will contact MSNBC to request they do a follow up report to their previous positive article on how we were avoiding a recession. Nothing could be further from the truth.
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