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Jobs Numbers Out; Demand for Workers Up


The US Labor Department's monthly jobs report is out, and in February employers created almost twice as many jobs as the month before.

Employers added 236,000 jobs.

Now, for three straight years the economy has been adding jobs.

Hiring seems to be up locally too. That is, if the demand for workers from the employment agency the Sedona Group is anything to go by.

Lately, business at the Moline office has been brisk.

Sedona group officials tell us they've seen heavy increases in employees needed in recent months.

Demand is especially high right now for employees to work in call centers, as general laborers, and in craft and production positions.

It is job growth that many have found surprising.

"I usually hear that it's supposed to be slower in the winter time, but it seems like our business has actually picked up and we're really grateful for that," said Santa DeJesus, who works at the Moline office of the Sedona Group providing customer service.

No one is more grateful for the business boost than 22-year-old Terry Wells.

"It's huge, huge relief!" the Silvis man said.

Today, he is enjoying the sports section of the paper. But, for the six months he was unemployed - up until he was hired on by the Sedona Group last month - Wells could be found pouring through the classified section, looking for a job.

He applied for so many jobs during that time, he lost track:

"Hundreds and hundreds," he said. "I don't know. I applied to places more than once."

It goes without saying, the rejection was disheartening. The whole situation was pretty rough.

"It was a huge financial struggle," Wells said.

He was certainly not alone.

That is what Santa DeJesus says makes her job - and the recent boost in hiring - so fulfilling.

"Sometimes it is heartbreaking the stories that you hear. so whenever we are able to place someone, it actually does feel good to be able to," she said.

Like so many others now picking up a paycheck after so long with out work, Terry Wells says the latest jobs numbers are good to hear.

"It's good. Good for the economy. Finally jobs are coming up," he said.

And, he said feeling better about the economy has him feeling more optimistic about the future.

"A temp agency is not always for thinking you're just going to work temporarily," he explained. "They hook you up with a good full time job and you could get a good career out of it."

Right now, he's just happy to have landed a good job.

And rightfully so.

Even with the latest gains, joblessness remains especially high nationwide among those in the so-called 'Millennial Generation'.

The non-seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for 18 to 29 year olds for February was 12.5 percent, according to the national non-profit advocacy group 'Generation Opportunity'

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