LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - The recent layoffs announced at Caterpillar mean more unemployedworkers in Tippecanoe County.
The Indiana Department of Workforce Development shows a spike inunemployment numbers for the first three months this year inTippecanoe County.
In January, the number was 6,827. In February, 6,868and in March the number rose to 7,143.
These unemployment figures mean more and more cars arepulling into the parking lot at WorkOne in Lafayette. People wespoke with feel less and less hopeful about finding employment.
"I'd say with my age group, it's pretty tough. It's eitherunder qualified, over qualified," said Lafayette resident EdgarHaynes, who is looking for a construction job.
"Everyday I hear so many people are getting laid off. I knowwhen I first got laid off, they were saying unemployment didn'thave enough money for funding at first. And I'm like, that's sad,so many people are unemployed," said Keonya Wells, who resides inLafayette and hopes to work in the medical field.
"I feel like veterans that have been to combat since theywere kids should have some priority when they come back," saidBattle Ground resident Kenton Hall, who hopes he can work assecurity for a local business.
These displaced workers said they are turning to Work One forhelp finding a job.
"The way they post your resume, you'll get hits for things.There's certain words that pop up that grab other companies' eye.They'll contact you instead of you just sending out endlessinformation," said Haynes.
Lafayette mayor Tony Roswarski, who spoke with both Caterpillarand Wabash National after recent layoffs, said it should not changethe shape of Lafayette.
"They all feel that once they get over this hump, things willget back to where they were and that they're strong and that thebasic fundamentals are good. But when there is a global meltdownand when you have the situation in the banking industry where a lotof people that may buy those products, those Caterpillar enginesthose Wabash National trailers, they need financing," saidRoswarski.
Purdue College of Technology will be holding an event for thedisplaced workers in Tippecanoe County.
Reach New Heights will be Saturday, May 16 from 10:00 a.m.to noon. It will be held at the SIA Training Center inLafayette. WorkOne will be on site, holding 20 minuteresume, cover letter and job interviewing technique sessions.
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