Published: Sep 21, 2010 3:36 AM EDT
Updated: Sep 21, 2010 12:36 AM EDT

COLLIER COUNTY, Fla. - Unemployment concerns in Collier County. The jobless rate, more than 13 percent. However, a special forum on jobs held by the Collier County Democratic Party shedding some light on the dismal subject.

Employment agencies at the forum tell WINK News they still are only getting one or two openings from companies at a time. However, those jobs are more strategically filled, meaning people can depend on keeping that job for the long run.

How people go about getting the job may be a new experience though.

"What's out there, how to do a resume, how to do an interview, these are all the skills they haven't had to use for a long time," Jim Wall with Southwest Florida Workforce Development Board says.

As for Ellen Rubin, who has been looking for long term employment for the last year, she depends on her widening circle of friends, "I think in this climate you have to rely on networking and contacts. That's when I've gotten my interviews."

Wall also tells WINK News foreign companies are eyeing Collier County for expansion because of the available land and people in the county. He says the top jobs expected to be hiring are medical, bio-sciences, and green industries.