Exploring employment numbers in Abilene

ABILENE, Texas (KTAB) - Unemployment in Abilene is just above 4%, mirroring similar state and national rates. Little by little, that number continues to shrink despite the usual summer slump when it comes to job openings.

Steve Collins of Workforce Solutions says that those numbers are encouraging, and "we are seeing a lot of job orders from local employers." He goes on to say that there are an estimated 1400 jobs open right now.

The low numbers and high job opportunities are a good sign, but thousands in Abilene are without work. However, they have a helping hand.

Maurine Carrion, also of Workforce Solutions, says that she has a passion for helping others. She says, "I love working with people, I love talking with people, I love the idea that I'm in a position to help." She smiles, saying, "It's a good thing."

Many job seekers have encountered road blocks, but the jobs are out there.

Collins says there are, "plenty of opportunities available for those individuals who are possibly seeking a second job, first job, and we'll help those individuals try to fulfill those needs."

Optimistic about the future, and a continued rise of employment, Workforce Solutions is just one way for potential employees to connect with employers.

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