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Yakima families are struggling as unemployment continues

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YAKIMA, Wash.- Unemployment is down this month but people job-hunting in Yakima say it's not getting any easier. The rate is at 6.7 percent for unemployment in Yakima County.

Unemployment is down and since last year, WorkSource analysts say some industries have actually grown, expanding and hiring new employees.

"We're agriculturally based and people can wait to buy other good like technologies but people need to eat so they're going to continue to buy food," said Analyst Roger Miller.

While agriculture may be steady, keeping warehouses busy, it's not helping the average person looking for a job. Take Elizabeth Rodriguez, she has been unemployed for more than a year. Now, she carries her briefcase, with applications and resume inside. Like hundreds of others, she's had no luck.

"It's stressful especially when you have 3 children you know I'm a mother of 3 its pretty hard," said Elizabeth Rodriguez.

Which is why many people like Elizabeth are at WorkSource.

In Yakima County, there are almost 9,000 people without a job right now.

Rodriguez says she did clerical work for years, but now, she can't find any work.

"There's a lot of competition out there but I know I'm qualified to work at Starbucks, I don't know what the problem is, I'm over qualified to work there," said Rodriguez.

And this is the problem; there are too many people with experience and not enough jobs. 

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