Job growth large in area, but not for high paying jobs

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Jobs are growing in Jacksonville, but your paycheck probably isn't. Over 20,000 jobs were created in Northeast Florida in the last year, but they're not all high paying.

The unemployment rate in Jacksonville is steadily declining and so are the crowds at CareerSource centers in Northeast Florida.

"Jacksonville is doing better than many other parts of the state of Florida and Florida is one of the fastest growing states in the nation for job growth," said Candace Moody, VP of Communications for CareerSource of Northeast Florida.

20,100 jobs were created in Northeast Florida between April 2013 and April 2014. That's more jobs than the entire state of Kansas created in the same time span. But not all the jobs are high paying or full time.

"We find a lot of people still who are employed but are underemployed, they're not making as much money as they were before the recession," added Moody.

"Sometimes they start out with like minimum wage," said Willie Hills who is unemployed.

For the least three to four years, Hill has only had temporary or seasonal jobs. He has experience with machinery, landscaping, and construction.

"I'm a people person, I work real hard. I get the job done," said Hills.

But still no permanent position.

"It's been tough lately," added Hills.

He says he has five children, two of them, young boys ages 10 and 8.

"I need some benefits for my kids, my sons, and I also need some benefits for myself," added Hills.

Career Source says jobs in high demand right now are truck drivers, nurses and retail.

Career Source also says the entry level jobs for high school and college graduates are coming back the quickest. They say a recent survey found that 80 percent of people are willing to change jobs when they feel more confident about the economy.


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