How To Find Work During Economic Downturn: County Services

WPA Maid Poster from the FDR Years

1930s Depression Era training and jobs. (photos public domain)
1930s Depression Era training and jobs. (photos public domain) | Source

"There are No Jobs!" Is a Knee Jerk Reaction

Some unemployed persons say that there are no jobs, even during months over seven million of them are posted across Internet sites alone. In addition, some jobs are never posted online. American does not have enough openings for everyone that needs a job, but some jobs are available, even though competition for them is high.

In order to secure employment during a recession, visit one of your local branches of your county Workforce Investment Act entities. Look in the County Government Pages of your local telephone directory or call Information.

The Workforce Investment Act provides funding to county governments in order to provide job seeker services on the county and city levels.

County Agencies Help People Work

In the USA, this system or agency was formerly called Jobs and Family Services, or the County Jobs Office or similar nomenclature.

The Workforce Investment Act provides funding to county governments in order to provide job seeker services on the county and city levels.

Before the 21st century, the Private Industry Council handled E & T [Employment and Training] through the legislation that was in place before the WIA. This legislation was the Job Training Partnership Act and it was voted out of existence and/or permitted to expire by the US Congress during the Bill Clinton Administration, a period of eight years ending in January 2001, when George W. Bush became POTUS.

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E & T Dollars Voted By Congress

Current Employment and Training funding legislation was voted on by the US Congress during the Bill Clinton Administration circa 1998, although many people blamed George W. Bush for the demise of the Private Industry Council and the large Summer Youth Employment Programs.

A few angry folks maintained the Bush single-handedly closed all the PICs down. A few counties across America still survive and serve the people, but most were absorbed by the WIA, along with County Jobs Services, and County Family or Child Services.

All individuals that visit a WIA office are to be interviewed and screened for basic services, including job search and job placement. If these services are not adequate, the WIA staff is to then evaluate job seekers for additional, in-depth services that may include job training and High School Diploma or GED education. If you go in and do not receive these two-tiered services and feel that you need them, then speak up.

Also lodge a complaint to your State Congressmen, if you do not receive results from WIA.

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A Guide for Finding Work During a Recession

Finding Work When There Are No Jobs
Finding Work When There Are No Jobs

Actually, jobs are advertised in most cities every day of the year in America. The exception may be small towns and villages. This book helps job seekers find those advertised - and unadvertised - positions with a minimum of stress and worry.

 

Where To Start Looking If It Feels Like There Are No Jobs

Each state in the country needs certain job titles filled. I have written Hub Pages on each of the 50 States and many of the large and medium-sized metropolitan areas in each state. These HubPages list the job titles most needing to be filled. Many states need health & medical workers and/or computer based workers. Some need construction workers and supervisors very badly. I will highlight a few states at the end of this Hub.

Healthcare as an industry will need tremendous amounts of new employees through at least 2100 AD. Why? The Millennial Generation born roughly 1980 - 2000 is approximately as large as the Baby Boom Generation (1945 - 1964); the Boomers created the long-term healthcare shortage experienced form 1980 into the 21st century and it did not stop.

The Millennials will live longer than the Boomers in average lifespan, therefore being subject for a longer period of time to the diseases of Old Age. In 2100 AD, many of the Millennials born in 2000 will be 100 years old and likely to live to 105 or 108 (the maximum average age built into the DNA of a human cell is ~113 and some outlive that).

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Training That Can Pay Off

If you have never worked in healthcare, attend a two-week adult education course and earn a State Certificate as a Home Health Aide or Personal Aide. In fact, WIA offices (county jobs agencies) may provide funds to pay for your training. When you visit such an office, go early in the morning, because long lines form quickly.

The work is hard and you may not enjoy it, but don't stop there. As soon as you are placed in a HHA position, apply to local hospitals to become an aide on staff. Once you secure that job, begin to work your way up immediately; check the job postings in the HR corridor - they nearly always have a Job Board outside in the hallway.

If you can be hired by a teaching hospital connected with a university, you can apply to the nursing program and likely be reimbursed for tuition each quarter if you maintain a reasonable grade point average.

You will also likely receive paid time off from the job in order to attend classes. If you have never attended college before, you can benefit from basic grants and some scholarships available in your state and town. Keep working your way up until you find a nursing, technician's or physician related career that you desire.

TRAVEL NURSING pays rent or mortgage and additional benefits as well as higher wages that the already high-wage nursing and medical positions it fills. Sometimes, you can be a "traveler" at your own home hospital and enjoy these extra benefits.

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WIA, State by State.

Save and invest your money if Healthcare is not your dream career field so that you can change careers a bit later. The skills you learn are transferable to many other responsible jobs.

In similar fashion, one can become a Carpenters Helper and enter a union apprenticeship program and work up to Journeyman in a construction trade. WIA Should also provide help with finding such opportunities.

Please use this link to access the WIA Training Providers in your own State and the District of Columbia:

WIA TRAINING

For example, in OHIO 411 linked to this Map, the apprentice ship programs include

  • Carpentry/Carpenter
  • Construction Trades, General
  • Electrical & Power Transmission Installers, Other
  • Electrical, Electronics And Communications Engineering
  • Electrician
  • Heating, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Technology/Technician
  • Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation And Refrigeration Maintenance Technology/Technician
  • Ironworking/Ironworker
  • Mason/Masonry
  • Painting/Painter and Wall Coverer
  • Pipefitting/Pipefitter And Sprinkler Fitterplumbing And Related Water Supply Services
  • Plumbing Technology/Plumber
  • Sheet Metal Technology/Sheetworking
  • Telecommunications Technology/Technician


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Workforce Investment Boards in Several States

Examples of US STATE resources for use in accessing county offices online quickly:

Some Specific County Workforce Agencies

Some PICs (Private Industry Council offices) that are still open:

Govt/PIC Public Service Announcement - Fresno

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Comments, Experiences & Questions 15 comments

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Shadesbreath 8 years ago from California

Wow, great information. You really know your stuff. You need more info on how to find easy, high-paying jobs for slothful writer types though. I noticed you were missing any significant detail on those.

Nice work.


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Patty Inglish, MS 8 years ago from North America Author

haha - Very few employers are posting jobs for writers; writing does not appear on any TOP 50 JOBS list from the Dept. of Labor in any state. Interviewing major job board people and scanning job listings in newspapers and corporations, I find very little for writers.

It is becoming more an dmroe a freelancer and bloggers' world of writing, and some employers do advertiser for a professional blooger for a magazine or newspaper now and then.

There seems to be no such thing as an easy, high-paying writing job.

Blogging and building an income through AdSense and Hub Pages is much work and builds gradually if the writing is good.

Thanks!


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Whitney05 8 years ago from Georgia

Very thorough. I should have known that you would answer this request. :-) Thanks. I found a great job as an online editor at AFLAC, but because I only have my associate's they never called me back. :-( What's sad is I'm working for my bachelor's currently. Iv'e found in ym area, jobs in the medical field are increasing, but unfortunately that's just not where I want to go. Guess I still have to keep up the search.


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Zsuzsy Bee 8 years ago from Ontario/Canada

Patty! Who else could write such a thorough hub. As always you have done a great job my friend.

Great Job regards Zsuzsy


Katie 8 years ago

Great information, very thorough, but what about the people in the mortgage industry? There are virtually no mortgage position available (processor, underwriter, operations people). Unfortunately, if they are like me, what little they have in savings and retirement is needed to put a roof over their heads and can not be sacrificed for re-education. Additionally, when the odd mortgage job does become available, one has a 500 to 1 shot of just getting an interview.


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Patty Inglish, MS 8 years ago from North America Author

Whitney05 - Veterinary jobs are increasing in some areas, especially vet techs. It's bad that AFLAC does not value an associate's degree. :(


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Patty Inglish, MS 8 years ago from North America Author

As I already wrote, go to WIB and ask for help; they know about openings in all industries. WIB has re-training money for some to use. Otherwise, Katie, you need to move to a state or city that has openings in financial product professions or switch occupations to one in which your skills transfer. (I do resumes for people who switch successfully every day.) I have Hubs on all these types of options. Neither the universe nor the government owes anyone a living in the field for which they trained when it loses job openings.


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Bellemerchant 8 years ago from New York

Don't know how I missed this hub, should have read it months ago. Its just great. Glad to know there is hope for those struggliing to get work. The information you offered is resourceful and helpful.


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Patty Inglish, MS 8 years ago from North America Author

Bellemerchant - Thanks for reading! I want to help as many people as possible to find a good job.


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countrywomen 8 years ago from Washington, USA

Patty- A very useful hub and in present times when more people are laid off even more relevant. Once again another great offering from the hands of the great Patty. I always admire your style and content.


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Patty Inglish, MS 8 years ago from North America Author

Hi countrywomen! - I think there is not a lot of good direction available to show people where to go for employmen help in a recession, so I'm doing my best to find the most productive places to send people. Thanks for reading and commenting!


BlogMom119 7 years ago from Stamford, NY

Excellent article, I will link it to my hubpage as it will help my readers immensely. Thank you for very much!!!!! Continued success!


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Patty Inglish, MS 7 years ago from North America Author

That's an honor, BlogMom119! I do hope it helps. :)


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JodiVee 5 years ago

Very insightful hub, thank you for posting it. I'm just wondering, do similar services/sites exist for Canada?


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khmohsin 5 years ago from London,UK

really nice and informative hub

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