With the state's unemployment rate at 9.7 percent, the worst in 26 years, employment security officials say they're doing all they can to help people find work.
Scott Aaron works in Craven County's employment security commission office with disabled veterans helping them find work when they've been laid off. One of his clients is 16 year veteran Michael Holley who was recently laid off from BOSCH.
Holley says the staff keeps things positive perspective, no matter how bad it gets. "All of them they give you the encouragement to stay focused, to give you a lot of drive. They're you know, very supportive."
Aaron says they're seeing more jobs become available. He also says a lot of people who have been working at jobs for 30 years have skills that they don't realize they have that can be transferred to other employment
Officials say many on the unemployment line are going back to school through programs offered through the commission -- an avenue to get many back in the workforce.
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