Lubbock's Unemployment Rate Decreases but Many Still Struggle to Find Work

Published 04/18 2014 10:08PM

Updated 04/18 2014 10:24PM

Anne Parker

More and more folks are getting back to work in the Lubbock area.

Good news, and also encouraging for a folks, still struggling to find a job.

New numbers released Friday show about 500 people in Lubbock have gotten jobs since February, but there are stills folks like the homeless at Carpenter's Church without a steady job.

"You cant give up hope, I mean right now I'm married. I can't give up hope," says Dennis, who has been homeless and unemployed since 2010.

However, he says Friday's new unemployment numbers give him hope to keep looking.

"I strive to try to get a job," he says.

The unemployment rate for Lubbock is now at 3.9% compared to 4.3% in February, and 5.1% this time in 2013.

This totals 1200 hundred jobs in one year.

"I've already got some people asking me watcha wanna do in 10 years?" Jerry Riggins says. "I want my own home and I want my own job."

For Jerry, another member of Carpenter's Church,  getting back on his feet hasn't been easy.

"I know its hard for them and especially here," says James Dupree, known as "Heavy." "I kinda encourage them to keep looking, not to give up, because its always hope."

James has been an employee at the church for 17 years, but knows what it's like to be unemployed, and discouraged.

He knows what it feels like to walk in their shoes but Heavy's story is an example of coming from nothing, and making the most of his situation.

"You can if you really just try and trust in this man up here," he says.

For Jerry, "God, the man up in heaven" is what keeps him going.

Go to Carpenter's Church website to find out how you can personally receive help, or volunteer :

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