UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 9:53am
WACO -- An increase in the unemployment rate still keeps some job seekers without hope despite an increase in hiring.
Robert Buye is one of those looking for work. He lost his job as an electrician not too long ago after helping rebuild Galveston since Hurricane Ike.
"It's good being diligent, but It's difficult being desperate. I have bills to pay and sometimes you just got to do what you got to do and come out of the field that you ordinarily work in," said Buye.
Texas employers added more than 19,000 jobs in Nov. while unemployment rose to 8.2 percent.
Waco looks similar, adding 500 jobs and seeing unemployment numbers rise to 7.3 percent. Job seekers at the Workforce Solutions Center in Waco say they haven't noticed the increase in hiring, but they have noticed the increase in the number of people looking for work.
This holiday season, Buye has felt the pressure of the economy and the competitive market.
"A lot of people are out of work, and you have to compete against education, experience, age, race and gender and everything else so you have to really dig in deep," said Buye.
That's something Workforce Solutions Assistant Director, David Davis says businesses need to take advantage of.
"Everything that we're hearing from employers is that they're doing everything that they can within sound business practices for their business to grow," said Davis.
Texas Workforce Commission says the increase could be due to people getting back to the job search after seeing companies hiring since unemployment numbers don't account for those not actively job searching.
Heart of Texas Workforce Solutions says they can help businesses fund new employees in addition to helping those looking for work.
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