Sep 2, 2013 8:13 PM by April Hansen, KSBY
Labor Day celebrates the American worker, but more than 7% of the U.S. population is still unemployed.
As the country continues to bounce back from the recession, some local people who struggled to find work can now celebrate Labor Day.
Wendy Stellar is in the business of selling the past. She says she knew opening a shop was always in her future, but the time needed to be just right.
"I really see the recession is changing. The homes are being built again and people are moving into this amazing town," said Stellar.
She says she didn't have this confidence to open her antique store years ago.
"It was a scary time. All of a sudden the houses and the growth stopped," said Stellar.
But like others in Old Orcutt, she can celebrate the day of the worker this year.
Cheryl Pritchard was hired at the Old Town Market two months ago. She says the job hunt wasn't easy.
"It's a lot harder than it looks. We are just getting out of a recession and people want tons of jobs, but there is nothing there because everyone had to downsize," said Pritchard.
She says she spent hours online updating her resume and waiting for phone calls.
"I can remember doing 15 in a day and getting no call backs," said Pritchard.
She says today seems like any other workday, but is thankful she can celebrate.
"To even have the option to have the day off is a blessing," said Pritchard.
Numbers from the U.S. Department of Labor show California has an 8.7% unemployment rate.
In Santa Maria, about 11% of the population is out of work.
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