Searching For Jobs

by Jessica Cervantez

The search is on for jobs all across East Texas. Many displaced evacuees from Rita and Katrina are still looking for jobs.

One Vidor resident has spent time on the computer looking for a job.

Juanita Meyer said, "I lost my home in Vidor, Texas. A tree fell on top of it. I'm here today looking for employment. I moved to an apartment last night on Tulane. I'm hoping FEMA will help me, but right now I don't have any addresses. I have a phone number. I'm hoping to find a job that will help me get back on my feet again."

Meyer joins many other evacuees searching for jobs. The Vidor resident is now trying to find employment in Lufkin, a city she knows nothing about, and she is having a difficult time.

Meyer said, "I have an associates degree, but it is very difficult to find something, but I'm looking for anything just to put food on the table."

Meyer is not alone. Several hundred Katrina and Rita evacuees have entered the Workforce Solution doors.

Charlene Meadows, the executive director of Workforce Solutions, said, "We've been very busy, for the most part checking on filing for unemployment. In Angelina County, we have seen since the beginning, 173 from Katrina and 793 from Hurricane Rita."

In twelve counties, more than 650 Katrina victims and almost 2,000 Rita victims have received employment help. As evacuees keep returning home, Workforce Solutions will be able to better assess who will now need permanent jobs.