Jobs Clinic Sees Long-Term Unemployed Growing ‘Desperate’

SAN PEDRO (CBS) — Searching for a job that matches your skill set. Crafting the perfect cover letter. Sending out your resume. Repeat. Repeat. Repeat.

KNX 1070’s Jon Baird reports a flat jobs market and the seemingly endless cycle of applying for open positions is leaving millions of unemployed workers feeling frustrated, helpless and sometimes even defeated.

At The Harbor Workforce Center in San Pedro, unemployment navigator Irene Perez is all too acquainted with the pain of clients who are running out of options.

“We are seeing the people come in very desperate,” said Perez.

In Los Angeles County — which has a labor force of about 4.85 million — the number of unemployed people jumped to 599,000 people in July.

Site manager Linda Phu agrees the center is seeing a lot more people who have been unemployed at least one year or more — some of whom held those jobs for a long time and are unprepared to deal with the interview process.

“If you’re out working for more than 20 years and had not went to an interview, it’s kind of tough,” said Phu.

Perez recalls one couple who had to walk away from their home after losing both of their jobs.

“They literally sat here and cried to me,” she said.

  • USA1917

    I don’t even know what to say. My heart bleeds for those who are unemployed.

    Many blame the current administration but people, people, people, all effects of administration good, bad or indiferrent is delayed so you don’t see or feel the effects until the next administration.

    Companies have been outsourcing American jobs for years but no one paid attention until it was too late.

    It is only going to get worse because we only have four months until election years. Companies freeze all for critcal hiring during election years. They are waiting to see which way the wind will blow.

    No one wants to admit it but we are not in a recession we are experiencing a DEPRESSION.

    It will be worse this time because Americans have become so spoil, complacent and materialistic we have forgotten how to tighten our belts and make do like our parents and grandparents did in the 1930’s.

    Let go of those luxury cars, vacations and big screen LED’s. They are not necessities. Use the resources that you have to keep a roof over your head and food in your stomach.

    • Right On


  • The Big Logic

    The previous administration has nothing to do with the increasing decline in jobs.The economy didn’t just stagnate, it collapsed! That means that the present one is either incompetent, or intentionally causing it. Take your pick, but if you once again vote for what we have now, you will have to take part of the blame for the crying eyes.


      the economy went sour on a republicans wacth and now the republicans are blocking any common ground to be reached, just to make it look like obamas fault !!!!!!

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