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By Chris Conte

Unemployment Rate Rises

ROCHESTER (KTTC-DT)-- While there's talk that the nation is slowly recovering from the recession, the national unemployment continued to rise last month. Even though predictions are hopeful for the future there are still a lot of people out there wondering where all the jobs are. Erica James spends several hours a week looking for a job at the WorkForce Center in Rochester.

"I'm doing everything I can to get a job, but apparently it's not enough," Erica says.

Erica came to Rochester from Chicago two agos to live with her aunt, after she was unable to pay her bills or provide for her 5-month old.

"Things aren't going well at all, I've been on 14 interviews since I got here and with no luck," she adds.

Erica is currently taking online classes to become a nurse. But not having much previous job experience, her search for a retail position has proven to be nearly hopeless.

"It's kind of like a slap in the face, like we want you to come in for an interview. I'm hearing that all the time but without getting a job it's kind of like well I'm tired of hearing it now," the 18-year-old adds.

Nationwide the current unemployment rate has not gone up to 9.6%, with the Department of Labor reporting that more than 250,000 jobs had been lost in the month of September.

"Jobs are coming, but it's going to take a while for them to come," says Jody Schaber of the Minnesota WorkForce Center.

Schaber says that the state as whole still has a lower unemployment rate than the rest of the country and has seen some improvement in the job market recently.

"If we talked this time last year we had very few job placements at all, now we're seeing some inklings of some movement," he added.


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