Mobile's Unemployment Numbers Compared to the State

Mobile's Unemployment Numbers Compared to the State

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For Chase Crenshaw, the unemployment numbers don't hold much water. That's because he's unemployed.

"Pipe-fitters, ship-fitters, riggers. I've even applied for McDonald's. I've applied for Chick-fil-A. I've applied for WalMart," said Crenshaw.

He says with high hopes on landing a job, he moved to mobile from Mississippi a month ago, and so far his hunt has been unsuccessful.

"A few months ago people were telling me 'aw man, the job market is booming in Mobile, and I can't even get an interview," said Crenshaw.

Crenshaw joins the 13,754 people currently without work in Mobile County. The county's unemployment rate of 7.3 percent is higher than the state's average of 6.8.

Out of the 67 counties in Alabama, Mobile ranks 28th. The highest county is Wilcox with a rate of 14.7 percent.

This restaurant owner believes the jobless numbers are down simply because people are tired of looking.

"People become too accustomed to sticking their hand out and all the federal government agencies placing money and benefits into their hands," said Roy Pope, owner of Basaba's Thai Cuisine.

For Cameron Klumpp who is unemployed, he's finding work anyway he can. He's volunteering to clean up outside one of the downtown businesses - with hopes it will put a few bucks in his pocket.

"I found me a job today, something to do. I think a person can find a job and they get out and look for one," said Klumpp.

The hope for many Mobilians reside with the expected boom of the Aerospace industry. Which means training in skilled labor is important in landing a job.

"The company's that are going to come with Airbus, Austal, BAE. It's going to get better. The opportunity is there, you just got to take advantage of the opportunity," said Joe Autry.

The Alabama Career Center is now accepting applications for scholarships in skilled labor training. It would pay for up to 2 years of schooling or 10 thousand dollars - which ever is less. Programs range from aviation and welding, to nursing and civil engineering. Click here for more information.

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