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A look at unemployment in the Ark-La-Tex

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Unemployment numbers for June won't be released for a few weeks, but the latest Department of Labor numbers from May show all three states in the Ark-La-Tex have jobless rates well below the national average.

According to the Department of Labor, Louisiana's jobless rate in May was 8.2 percent. Texas' rate was 8.0 percent, and Arkansas' rate was 7.8 percent.

Job seeker Brenda Carter tells us it's been frustrating, but she has a positive mindset. She worked in sales before mother nature left her jobless.

"I had to relocate due to a tornado in our area, so I've been out of work for about a month and a half," she says.

Like many nationwide, she's taken advantage of her time in between jobs.

"I've started to do some stuff from home. I am unemployed as far as a job is concerned, but it has opened up other opportunities for me that I really wouldn't have looked into until the circumstances happened."

The job picture for many recent college graduates isn't great, either. Marcus Sanders graduated in May from Northwestern State University with a degree in Electrical Engineering Technology, but hasn't been able to land anything.

"As I grew up, everybody told me engineering jobs were easy to get, but once I actually got my degree and looked for them, it was a lot tougher than what I though. But I'm still pushing for it though," he says.

He's working at Party Central in Bossier City until he gets a job in his field. He tells us he's applied for jobs all over Louisiana, and has also applied for jobs as far away as Houston and Dallas.

"I waited until I graduated, but I should have started earlier. We had different job fairs at my school that I went to, but they didn't have too many engineering jobs."

Jacques Lasseigne with the Louisiana Workforce Commission says Brenda, Marcus, and the millions like them should not give up.

"You have to be persistent. Looking for a job is a full time job."

And he encourages everyone to stay positive.

"It's not going to be like this all the time. Things will get better."

For anyone looking for a job, the KSLA News 12 Job Link is a great resource. You can post your resume, see who's hiring around the Ark-La-Tex, and even get some tips to help you land that perfect job.

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