Job market frustrates local applicants

AUSTINTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – The United States economy took a steep dive in the first quarter of 2014. Analysts say that the 2.9 percent dip is just a hiccup because of the harsh winter, but there are still a lot of people here in the Valley looking for work.

A job fair for the racino in Austintown was held Wednesday in Youngstown. There are 400 available positions, but thousands have applied.

“I feel like there are not enough jobs around here,” said job seeker Karah Coleman. “It’s frustrating. Eight months and it is very hard.”

Others call the job search process a battle and admit they are not optimistic when apply for open positions.

“Everyone is looking, so I know it is slim pickings,” said first-time job seeker Ron Martino.

“I find a lot of contract work, which is temporary here and there for what I do with computers and I.T.,” said Christen Branca.

It’s not only workforce veterans looking for full-time employment, newcomers are also hoping to land that first job. Martino said he just graduated college a month ago and has been looking for work ever since.

“It has been pretty tough. I only got one call back and it was for a sales position and I’m not looking for sales,” said Martino.

Most analysts expect the job market to grow by about three percent in the second half of the year.

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