Richmond unemployment rate on decline | News
RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Richmond is one of the best places to live if you're looking for a job.
That's according to a Gallup poll.
This comes after recent reports say the state's unemployment rate is on the decline.
But for those looking for work, it's still a daily struggle.
"I'm a veteran of the United States military — that's definitely going to help me out a lot," said Thomas Porter.
Determined and ready with the resume, these job seekers are hoping to make a connection with an employer at this job fair.
"I have an inner determination that I'm going to find something."
Hermina Robert has a job now, but she is looking for that next opportunity.
"Something I could be like, 'Wooo yes! This is something I really want to do and I could do it for a long time,'" said Robert.
Living in Richmond might be on her side. A recent Gallup poll says the city is third in the nation when it comes to job creation.
The Greater Richmond Partnership said 2012 is the year the economy will turn around.
According to the organization, fields like healthcare — as well as finance and insurance — are booming.
Capital One is ranked as the city's top private employer. VCU is second.
The unemployment rate in Virginia is actually down from last year and many employers are not just hiring for one or two positions. They're looking to fill a dozen or more.
But some people say they're struggling in this market.
"I think if you're striving for it and you're not in it for the pay, if it's something that you want to do you'll go ahead and find the right job," said Robert.
Not giving up, with the hope such positive statistics will mean a new job in the near future.
The Greater Richmond Partnership also says companies are adding jobs at a much quicker rate.
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