Dec 19, 2013 7:39 PM by Erika Flores

Unemployment rate down, competition still high

TUCSON - Unemployed Tucsonans are going to Pima County's One Stop Career Center in hopes of getting a job by the New Year.

Terrace Colligan has been unemployed since March. "The first few months were terrible. I was stressed out. Trying to find a job applying for just about anything that would cover my bills," said Colligan.

He said it's not getting any easier.

"It's been kind of tough probably going to short sell my house," said Colligan.

He's been on several interviews.

"I thought I did pretty well in them I went out feeling confident, but I didn't get any of those jobs," said Colligan.

Although Arizona's unemployment rate continues to see a drop, down to 7.8 percent in November from October's 8.2 percent, there are still many people like Colligan.

"There's still people competing for each one, so the job seeking skills are much more important than what people feel they are especially the professionals," said Evelyn Wright, a workforce development specialist.

Colligan has found help in Pima County's One Stop Career Center.

"This class is helping me pick up tips and tricks to really fine tune the application process," said Colligan.

That's something Wright said is very important.

"Over and over and over again I saw somebody who was more qualified passed up for someone who was better prepared for the interview," said Wright.

Veteran Joseph Bailey, Jr. is also taking classes at one stop hoping to land a job as a customer service representative.

"There's nothing that's going to keep me down. I'm moving forward, and I hope there's someone that hears this and says let's get in touch with Joseph Bailey, Jr," he said.

Pima County One Stop Career Center offers training for the unemployed to get back on their feet.

Click here for more information on Pima County One Stop and its classes.


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