Unemployment Rates Dropping

by Brittany Harris on March 3, 2011 at 5:25 am

The number of people requesting unemployment benefits has plunged to a nearly three year low. Experts believe companies will increase the pace of hiring this year.

That’s proving to be true right here in Muskingum County. The Opportunity Center has recently collected nearly 750 applications for several positions available at Kelloggs.

"We serve two kinds of customers, job seekers and employers, so if an employer wants to use our facility for us to take applications, we’re going to provide that service," said Bob Mercer of the Muskingum County Opportunity Center.

He believes job opportunities in our area, especially outdoor ones, will continue to flourish as spring approaches.

With the struggling economy, no one is exempt from unemployment; the center has seen an array of people coming in. Mercer said they try to provide the resources needed to make applicants more competitive.

"Most people underestimate what their value is, and if you’ve been on the same job for 20 years or more, little things like attendance and safety, and some of the training that you got over your whole year is what an employer looks at," he said.

The center has a partnership with Coshocton, Guernsey, and Licking counties.

For a complete list of jobs available in our area you can visit their website at www.theonestop.org It’s updated on a weekly basis.