The economy had the biggest number of jobs created in more than three years last month. But those at the unemployment office in our area say finding a job is still a struggle. The Department of Labor says the economy gained more than 150-thousand jobs in march. But Lillian Summerall has been unemployed for a year and says she'd be happy if she could find just one job for herself.
Summerall lost her job as a supervisor at an assisted living facility in 2009. Since then, the great grandmother has spent several days a week at the unemployment office looking for a job. To help improve her resume, last month Summerall decided to go back to school at Cape Fear Community College.
She hopes to graduate with a degree in business management. But Summerall knows, like her job search, that too will take time.
"It's hell," says Summerall. "But you know I take God with me and bring him back. Because as long as you keep the faith he'll work it out."
Summerall says she leans on others at the unemployment office for support. She takes comfort in the fact that she knows she's not alone in her struggle to find a job.
Monday, she filled out an application for a manufacturing job. It's not ideal, but it's a job.
Since the recession started the employers have cut more than eight million jobs. But experts say march could be a sign that the job market is starting to turn around. Any additional job growth would be welcome in the greater Wilmington area with unemployment still more than 11 and a half percent.