Drop In Unemployment Rate In Northeastern Pennsylvania Is "False Positive"

Drop In Unemployment Rate In Northeastern Pennsylvania Is "False Positive"

The unemployment rate in the Scranton-Wilkes-Barre Metro area dropped one-tenth of one percent to 6.8 percent in July. It is the lowest rate since October of 2008 but experts say the number is impacted by those leaving the work force.
The Pennsylvania Careerlink in Wilkes-Barre is a busy place. The office on Union Street provides employment services to those out of work. The office serves some 800 people each week. Eyewitness News spoke with several people who were at the office on Wednesday and all agreed that finding work has been a challenge. Kelly Collins from Wilkes-Barre said, " It's kind of tough. A lot of people say they are hiring and post jobs but when you get there there  is a group interview and you really don't have a chance to sell yourself." Toni Ann from Wilkes-Barre added, "I have been out of work since 2012 and I get temporary jobs but nothing that I really want like office work. Those jobs are few and far between."  Shaqwanna Foster from Wilkes-Barre said, "I have gotten jobs thanks to this Careerlink and I know they will help me again. Christine Jensen is the Administrator of the Wilkes-Barre Careerlink and told this reporter, "Every week at Careerlink we have a number of workshops like Careerlink orientation resume reviews to help get that resume tweeked so an employer is going to look at it. How to improve your interview skills tips on doing that." Jensen added, "We are seeing jobs posted everyday. I think we had 15 new job postings in Luzerne County group through our system. We are doing two or three job fairs a week in our Wilkes-Barre and Hazleton office. We also have services for employers to help them find employees including financial help to train new and current employees."   For more information on the services provided at Pennsylvania Careerlink offices call  570-822-1101 and on the web at www.careerlinkwilkesbarre.org.   
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