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New Unemployment Rates Haven’t Reached Springfield

Jobs-Unemployment3SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (wggb) — Positive news on the jobs front in Massachusetts. Unemployment in the Baystate dropped to 6.5% in February, down two tenths a percent from January, and the state has now regained all the jobs lost during the recession. But do those numbers accurately reflect the job market in Western Mass?

Wayne Ratcliff has been unemployed for three years. Coming to Future Works almost daily, he’s found employment but was surprised by the states new unemployment rate.

“Realistically speaking I don’t think it applies to Western Massachusetts because I keep seeing an influx of people coming to the center to utilize the computers and what they have here as far as job searches are concerned,” says Ratcliff.

And he’s right, the improving unemployment numbers seem to be taking their time coming to Western Massachusetts.

Konrad Rogowski, Manager of Career Services at Future Works says, “While the state numbers are certainly very encouraging, the Western part of the state is lagging behind a bit. We are certainly hoping to see that come through here in our area, that would be very hopeful for us.”

At Future Works, most of the job openings they see are in healthcare, light manufacturing, warehousing and administrative positions. But there still isn’t enough to go around. Last year Future Works Career Center saw 16,000 different job hunters at least once.

“What we have seen also is a slight uptake in the number of people getting jobs. While the number of postings hasn’t increased significantly the number of people finding jobs has increased,” explains Rogowski.

In Springfield the influx of job postings seems to be coming in waves. But here at Future Works, they say the key to landing that job is in preparation and practice.

And Wayne has his own words of encouragement for those still searching for a job.

“Keep trying. Never give up because a winner never quits.”

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