Jobs being filled even as unemployment soars; CareerSource can help

Ten million Americans have filed for unemployment in the last two weeks, with 6.6 million filing in one week, having lost their jobs due to the coronavirus pandemic.

While those numbers are high, a lot of you reached out to tell us about companies that are hiring – and some people are finding work.

Victoria Hall is one of them. She spent two weeks at home with her cat Holly and her dog Matt. While the pets enjoyed her company, Hall was stressed looking for a job.

“So where I worked was an Irish pub and it shut down on St. Patrick’s Day, which was our busiest day of the year. So I was supposed to work that day and actually couldn’t.”

Now, she’s back on the job, offering hope to everyone else still looking for work.

“I ended up going to CareerSource and they helped me find a Publix job and I just started yesterday,” Hall said. “It’s not necessarily the same at all, neither is it financially but I am really excited about it, though.”

Jim Wall, the communications director for CareerSource Southwest Florida, said there are a lot of companies hiring, despite COVID-19. Most of them are considered essential businesses, exempt from Gov. Ron DeSantis’ executive order that closed many places.

“There are going to be a lot of opportunities for individuals to look at, career exploration, maybe career changes. I know that’s not so comforting right now; we’re in the mess of this crisis but we will get through this,” Wall said.

Hall is among the believers.

“There are places available, just take the necessary steps that you need to take in order to do that and you know, just have hope because there’s definitely stuff out there and that’s what’s most important. It’s just keeping your head above the water.”

Some more good news: starting Thursday, CareerSource is taking your calls about resetting your PIN, which has been a huge problem. If you click here, it will bring up the number for you to call.

CareerSource is not the unemployment office, but they can help with resetting your PIN.

You can also visit their website for employment resources and job openings.

WINK News is also updating a list of companies that are hiring as we receive information.

Reporter:Dannielle Garcia
Writer:Jackie Winchester
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