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Davenport C.N.A. Beats Job Trend

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New jobs report out today.

For the first time since January 2009 the unemployment rate is below eight percent.

114 thousand jobs were added in September.

Most of those in health care.

The Labor Department says health care is one of the fastest growing employers.

The department expects to see it grow by 14 percent overall in eight years.

As more people are needed to take care of an aging population.

But part of the growth among one group, nursing aides, is fueled by high turnover among those workers.

Certified Nursing Assistants face many physically and emotionally challenging parts of their job.

There's a local C.N.A. who's beaten those statistics though.

Because she values an emotional connection.

"You've been here longer than I've been born," says

C.N.A. Joyce Miller. She's worked for Good Samaritan for a long time. Started in 1972.

"I have a granddaughter that works here and I took her and her sister, brought her and her sister up here when they were little."

Her job description hasn't changed much over the years. She helps residents get to meals, get out of bed, and take a bath. All to make their lives easier.

92-year-old Dorothy Wallace says, "This is the only home I got anymore because I can't take care of myself and no matter what, I know I have help."

Wallace says Joyce is a part of her family. She never thought she'd live here. But says Joyce makes it easier. Remembering things as simple as helping her walk back from dinner.

"They forget that I have to have somebody with me, in case I started to fall, but Joyce always remembers that I'm there, and comes back and looks for me," says Wallace.

"They'll tell me their life stories, they're really very, very interesting," says Miller.

86-year-old Rose Corbett moved here in 2008. She calls Joyce her guardian angel.

"She's there always when you need her, and she'll tell me when I'm needed to be told to behave myself too."

"You just know they love you, and you don't mind doing things for people that love you," says Miller.

She can retire in six years. But isn't counting the days. She enjoys her job too much for that.

"Because I'm a caring person, and I love people," says Miller.

People that help Joyce set her own statistics.

Iowa has been studying how to keep nursing assistants like Joyce on the job.

The state suffers from a 64 percent average turnover rate.

With most workers saying low pay and difficult working conditions convinced them to take another job.