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More people find jobs in Missouri

Heartland News caught up with Greg Cotter at the Missouri Career Center who is looking for a job. Heartland News caught up with Greg Cotter at the Missouri Career Center who is looking for a job.
Casey Mills was on his first day at his new job as a chimney sweep. Casey Mills was on his first day at his new job as a chimney sweep.
Not only is it a new job, but a whole new career field for Mills. Not only is it a new job, but a whole new career field for Mills.

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) - Missouri's unemployment rate drops to the lowest level since December 2008. Officials say Missouri added 2500 non-farm jobs in September. For the year, the state added 24,700 jobs. That's 3000 more than last year. As a result the state unemployment rate fell 3/10 of a point to 6.9 percent.

Local employment experts say those numbers may account for fewer people walking through agency doors.

But they admit there are still a lot of people looking for a job.

Tuesday, Heartland News caught up with Greg Cotter at the Missouri Career Center. He's one of those people still looking for a job. He's hoping to find something as a mover or custodian.

"There are jobs out there," said Cotter. "But there are few."

He says the hunt is grueling and the most difficult part is finding something within his skills set.

"It's hard to transform yourself into another position on a different job," said Cotter. "It's hard to focus on a new life."

"Looking for a job is a job," said Robin Strop, of the Missouri Career center.

Strop believes the job market is opening up locally because many big employers are hiring.

"Companies from Orgil to Spartech," said Strop. "Companies that have been around the area for such a long time."

Strop says it's exciting to see a lot of companies offering full time jobs with benefits.

Meanwhile, we caught up with Casey Mills on his first day at his new job as a chimney sweep.

"It was really hard to find a job," said Mills. "I had looked around and applied to so many places."

He's working with Flame Masters. Not only is it a new job, but a whole new career field for Mills.

"No I've never done it, but I'm no stranger to hard work," said Mills.

He says if you want a job you can't be afraid to try something new and it doesn't hurt to ask people you know. He lucked out because his friend Jordan Masters needed help and knew his work ethic.

"I was just looking for somebody reliable that I knew," said Masters, Flame Masters owner. "At this point I'd rather not hire somebody at all than opposed to just finding some random person."

If you need a job in the Heartland, there's a big career fair at the Osage center this Thursday October 18.

Forty-two employers will be there from a variety of companies.  

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