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Local job market looking positive
ESCAMBIA COUNTY - Things are looking up on the job front. Two job fairs are being held in Northwest Florida this week.
The Veteran Expo: "Deployment to Employment" will be this Thursday, at Sanders Beach Community Center in Escambia County. On friday, Workforce Escarosa will host a job fair at the Pensacola State College South Santa Rosa campus.
The local July unemployment numbers show decreases across the board.
In Escambia County, in July of last year the unemployment rate was 8.9% it has now dropped to 7.1%.
In Santa Rosa County last July the rate was 8.5%. Now it's 6.8%.
Okaloosa's rate also dropped from 6.5% to 5.1%.
Workforce Escarosa says the job market is growing and moving more to retail and customer service jobs. They believe the need for these jobs are a sign the economy is slowly improving.
"Jobs are there, but you've got to find them you've got to make sure they pay enough so you can live because most of the jobs are just above poverty," said William Mitchell.
"For someone starting out it's good and I think it should be some more skilled jobs openings," said Bennie Billups.
William Mitchell has been out of work for three years being a stay at home dad. Monday, was his first day searching for a job and he already has an interview with a local Tom Thumb store.
"It's something to start with. It's easier to find a job when you have a job," said Mitchell.
But, for others finding a job or landing an interview isn't so easy.
"As a father it is very difficult it's extremely difficult," said Billups.
"I don't have my high school diploma, so I got to go back to school to get that because no one is accepting you without that," said Renae Dorsey.
But Renae Dorsey is staying positive and believes one of the new stores will hire her soon.
"Don't take no for an answer," said Dorsey.