Officials at the WIN Job Center in Meridian say at the start of each day they are greeted by anxious job seekers.
'That's normal,' says Nellie Satcher.. She's the director of the Meridian office. Friday morning she was greeted at the door by several job seekers waiting for the office to open. Melissa Mitchell was one of those.
'I mean it's hard to find a job.'
Even as a certified nursing assistant, Mitchell says finding a job is not easy.
'Sometimes it's not what you know, but who you know,' says Mitchell.
According to WIN Job Center officials, the amount of time it takes for unemployed locals to find a job varies.
'We can't actually pinpoint that, it depends on the individual,' says Satcher. 'It's a, 'We help you situation.' We help you and get you to the door, but then you have to sell yourself.'
Satcher says the key to selling yourself, so you can land a job, is to become more marketable. To do this she says you may need to go to college to acquire more skills. Also, she recommends updating your resume regularly.
'We want to try to make sure they have the tools they need,' says Satcher. 'We have free computer courses here. We have a program where you can even go to school to get a GED and of course, there's training offered at Meridian Community College and some other colleges.'
Satcher says job seekers registered with the WIN Job Center should update their personal information regularly on the center's website.
Although projections for continued job growth in the areas of construction and healthcare are good, job seekers like Melissa Mitchell contend that overall, the job market is still not!
'If you lose a job it's hard. If you've got a job keep it!'
During the first three months of this year there was a 1.4% drop in unemployment in Mississippi. Of the three counties that the WIN Job Center in Meridian serves, the biggest drop in unemployment has been in Kemper County. From January to March there was a 1.5% drop there. Lauderdale County was a close second with a 1.3% drop in unemployment. Clarke County came in last during that time with a drop of .6%.