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Frustrations for the long term unemployed

FAIRFIELD, Ohio (Larry Davis) -- Despite the creation of more than 200,000 new jobs the nation's jobless rate rose a 10th of a percent last month as more workers entered the workforce.

The job climate has improved in recent years.  A lot of people who gave up looking for a job are back at it.  Despite some frustration, there was optimism.  Marian Hall was been out of work for more than six months.  She said it was tough to sleep at night.

Hall heard from temporary job agencies, but little else, "There's really no one hiring right now.  It's like a standstill.  I'm not getting any phone calls back."

Stuart Leonard, director of the Fairfield agency, said there were more jobs becoming available.  For some, the pay was just not what they were accustomed to and they decide to wait for the right opportunity.

"They're not seeing those numbers any more. They're not seeing that kind of occupational pay," Leonard said.

That was the position Dennis Kurzner found himself in.  He was unemployed for a year and a half, found another job but left it earlier this year. 

Kurzner tried to find a job that would pay close to what he was making before, "The wages aren't there like they really need to be.  So as far as income level and all it's a little tough to make what you're used to making."
Some job seekers were a little more desperate than others.  Charlotte Ellison lost her job a year ago, one month before her 30-year-old daughter died suddenly.  Ellison now helps care for her daughter's three children. She needed a job because her grandchildren need her support.

"I'm a very hard worker,  I learn easy.  I'm reliable, I'm trustworthy and I will do the best job I can do for your company," Ellison said.
Stuart Leonard said there were a lot of jobs out there mainly in health care and manufacturing.  But some of those big money corporate jobs just weren't there.

The Bureau of Labor statistics said the long-term unemployed make up 33 percent of all jobless Americans.

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