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National employment up, some locals still struggling for work

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The Bureau of Labor Statistics released a report Friday that says employment rose by 165,000 jobs last month, bringing the nation's unemployment rate from 7.6 percent to 7.5 percent. The Bureau says it's the lowest unemployment rate the country has seen since December of 2008. Still, many people in Southern Nevada are struggling to find work.

Las Vegas resident James Kelly visits the Nevada JobConnect office on Maryland and Desert Inn every weekday hoping to find employment. He says he's getting desperate for a job after a search lasting two years.

"I'm almost ready to go door-to-door and just hand out my resume," Kelly said. "The unemployment ran out so I lost my place. (I've) been staying at a friend's, but I still come (to JobConnect) and try, that's all you can do."

Kelly says despite what the latest unemployment report says, the only change he's noticed recently is he's getting a few more calls from potential employers. He says most of them tell him he's overqualified for the position, and the rest just don't call him back.

"In general, I don't see any change from my viewpoint. I don't know what the numbers say, but they really haven't convinced me at all," he said.

Frank Woodbeck, Director of the Nevada Department of Employment, Training, and Rehabilitation says the national numbers reflect what he's seeing in Las Vegas. That is, more job opportunities available and more jobs being filled. ‘It all depends on the qualifications and matching those qualifications with the jobs that are available. There are job openings out there," Woodbeck said.

He admits there is still a long way to go before everyone at JobConnect gets back on their feet for good.

Woodbeck says construction, hospitality, IT, and healthcare are some of the industries that have seen the most growth in terms of available jobs.

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