Published: Oct 07, 2011 11:30 PM EDT
Updated: Oct 07, 2011 11:31 PM EDT


LEE COUNTY, FL-The national unemployment numbers are in.
103,000 jobs were added last month.

A 5-month job seeking mission Scott Abrams says that's what it took to land his fulltime job.
Southwest Florida Works explains that two industries are doing especially well in Southwest Florida.

"Here's my official folder."

Scott Abrams knows as well as anyone that finding a job in this economy is not an easy task.

"It's a fulltime job looking for a fulltime job."

That's why he says for the past 5 months, he's carried his resume full of 20 years of retail sales experience-in his car.
Just in case he happens to meet a potential employer.

"I never know who I'm going to see and when."
Reporter Sarah Pusateri asks, "How many jobs do you think you've applied to?" Abrams replies, "More than a hundred."

Finally his hard work paid off.
He got a job in retail. Hours later, he got another offer at a different company.One of the areas in which lee county has seen growth.

"I haven't had anyone beating my door down for 5 months."

Southwest Florida Works spokeperson Barbara Hartman says, "We have two industries that seem to be doing very well. That's the retail industry and also leisure and hospitality."

According to the most recent numbers in Lee County retail positions are up 3.8 percent.
Leisure and hospitality 8.2 percent.
However, construction jobs are down 15.4 percent.

"The signs are, it will be slow, but we are seeing some growth."

A long and painful journey Abrams says he knows only too well.

"It's just real tough but you gotta stay positive."