Jackson Residents Looking for Jobs

By: John Tramontana Email
By: John Tramontana Email

Jobs are a little tough to come by in Jackson County these days... so when openings are posted... people come out in droves.

More than 100 unemployed workers came to Jackson Community College Thursday night, hoping to land a job with the state Department of Corrections.

"The unfortunate thing is more than likely corrections will be the only job available and the only thing left," said job-seeker Keanna Mendez.

Many in the crowd were unemployed, having recently been laid-off in the manufacturing industry. For those who weren't, some are hoping to get a jump start in the slow market.

"I came because I'm in the service industry and it's affecting my business at this point. It's tough competition out there right now," said Jackson area business owner Alan Barto.

While there may be plenty of jobs in the DOC, there is only problem. They're scattered throughout the state which means those interested may have to relocate.

"If the person is willing to move that is sometimes what they're going to have to do in order to get a job in the Department of Corrections," said department recruiter Maria Guizar. "We do have 5 facilities here in Jackson so we do do a lot of hiring here in the Jackson area."

If you'd like to learn more about the open positions, you can log onto the state's website and click on "state job opportunities."

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