Despite economic recession, East Texans hold their heads high

By Holley Nees - bio | email

EAST TEXAS, TX (KTRE) - There may be an economic recession, but East Texans won't give in without a fight.

"That's the main thing don't give up. Eventually it'll come," said Ronald Wyrick who is looking for a job.

Wyrick knows work will come because things have to get better.

"It's got to, it can't get no worse," Wyrick said.

Irene Eubanks knows what it's like.

"Insecurity of not knowing how you're going to make it day to day. No money. Bills and no money," Eubanks laughed.

However, they're not ready to call it quits.

"I really do think there is hope," Wyrick said.

"That's why I like being a recruiter, to give people that hope," said Memorial Health System of East Texas Human Resources Recruiter Julie Villani.

She said it's rewarding to give people a job.

"When choosing an applicant for a position, you're changing their life. That's part of my job that I enjoy is being able to give those people that opportunity," Villani said.

Julie Harper's job is to get people employed.

"Especially in this tough economic time when people can't pay their bills and you know having a hard time making ends meet, you know putting them in a job is a life-changing event," Harper said.

Wyrick is thankful.

"Especially makes you feel good that people are trying to help other people," Wyrick said.

East Texans aren't sure when things will get easier.

"I just really can't answer that. Only the man above knows that, but we just hang in there and keep plugging and wish for the best," Eubanks said.

Wyrick said, "Each and every day hold your head up and keep on moving because if you give up, you're stuck at the bottom. It's going to get better, just hold on that's all we can do."

The East Texas Job Fair is coming this Monday, June 1, 2009.  From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.  It will be at the First Baptist Church Family Life Center in Lufkin.