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Brunswick County residents struggle with sagging job numbers


BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) -- The numbers for unemployment in North Carolina for December came out earlier this week. Brunswick County had the biggest jump in our area from November, so we decided to put a face to the statistics.

Brunswick County's unemployment rate jumped from 10.5 percent in November to 11.9 percent in December.

The Employment Security Commission office in Shallotte was full of people working on getting work today. When we asked about the large increase in unemployment in the last month, people said things slow down in the area when it gets cold.

Ann Santilian works as a nurse, but says her hours have been cut drastically because of the economy. Now, she says she's just trying to put food on the table for her family.

"It makes it hard to pay your bills," Santilian said. "You know I have a mortgage that I've got to pay, and when you put your money toward your mortgage, that doesn't leave a lot of money for food, so I'm just trying to struggle to get by."

The ESC office in Shallote is available to people to work on their resumes and other skills that will make them more desirable for potential employers.

People that we talked with say the most important thing to do to fight unemployment is to keep trying to apply to different jobs. They also say you may have to lower your standards for what you expect to get in order to pay your bills.

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