Workforce Center Helps Unemployed Find Jobs

The Workforce Center of Wichita is swamped as laid-off workers look for new jobs.

**FILE** In this July 30, 2008 file photo, jobs brochures are seen on display at a state unemployment office in Sunnyvale, Calif. The government says Thursday, Aug. 21, 2008, the number of newly laid-off workers seeking unemployment benefits fell more than expected last week, the second straight weekly drop from a six-year high. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, file)

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Thousands of people are looking for jobs in south central Kansas.

Unemployment offices are swamped, and now the Workforce Center of Wichita is working double time to help out of work people find jobs.

Computers at the Workforce Center in downtown Wichita are filled every day. The center's director says in the last month or so he's seen an influx of employed workers coming in searching on line. The center provides help in filing for unemployment and also gives people assistance and training in finding new work.

"Right now we're seeing aircraft workers and suppliers and the smaller suppliers coming in. It's starting to trickle down from the big three," said CFO of the Workforce Center Chad Pettera.

With all the layoffs at aircraft companies he expects it to get worse before it gets better.

The Workforce Center is applying for a emergency federal grant that will provide more funding as people are desperately looking for jobs.

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