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Nov 21, 2009 12:06 AM by Steve Adamson

High Unemployment - Dealing with The Job Search

The latest unemployment news for California isn't good. Another modern record was set when the numbers grew to 12.5% for October. That was up three-tenths of a percent from September's 12.2% mark. The numbers locally for San Luis Obispo County and Santa Barbara County also grew to 9.1% and 8.8% respectively. One tenth of a percent rise was noted for San Luis Obispo County and three tenths of a percent rise for Santa Barbara County.

Surprisingly at a workforce resource center in Santa Maria on Friday, people looking for work remained hopeful and positive. "I stay positive because my wife works. We let it go until I get something to fill the gap. I don't let it bother me. I have clothes on my back, food in the house, and somewhere safe to sleep," noted Oniel Francis who has been job searching for the past eight weeks.

It appears that there are more jobs available than one might think, despite the high number of unemployed. "There's a lot of us out there, but I've noticed there are a lot of jobs available posted," said job seeker Rich Stella. "They might not be the exact job you're looking for at the time or the right pay scale. But if you're willing to do it, it'll at least get you through the time right now until maybe the thing you're looking for comes through."

There are indeed sucess stories at the resource center, and that's the message the resource center in Santa Maria, and other cities, are trying to get out to those who are unemployed. It's just a matter of using what they have to offer. Hopefully, by adding a good attitude to the search, those searching will find a job sooner rather than later. Rich also noted that while he was "hoping to get something yesterday, I'm just going to keep pushing through and hope for the best."

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