Unemployment and the Holidays

New numbers from the Labor Department show the national unemployment rate has fallen to 10%. This includes about 11,000 unemployed people who were able to land a job last month.

During this holiday period, it turns out that local unemployment is up a bit.
Officials at Manpower Staffing Agency in Meridian say it seems, this year, fewer businesses are looking to hire extra help.

"We've seen some pickup in some older customers that we've had at Manpower for a while, but as far as new customers for the holidays, it's kind of been slow," said David Lauderdale with Manpower.

Although the job market is still somewhat bleak, Lauderdale says there are bright spots, especially in the areas of the steel industry and construction.

"Those are the people that laid off for a while and now you're seeing a slight increase of people they need," said Lauderdale. "So, they're calling upon us again."

With the national recession said to be at its end, Lauderdale says he's optimistic that the need for workers will continue to grow.

"There's ups and downs in any economy and it seems like it's been down for a while. And hopefully it won't continue to be down and it will swing back on the up and up," Lauderdale said.

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