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More People Requesting Unemployment Benefits in Yakima

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YAKIMA, Wash.- The number of people requesting unemployment benefits in the U.S. is the highest it has been in 26 years and that trend is no different in the Yakima area.

Ernesto Gonzales does construction but for the past three months he's been unemployed.

"I've got a vehicle that needs to be paid every month and its been two months, but there's no work and with no work, there's no money," said Gonzales.

And Ernesto isn't alone, which is why so many people are signing up for unemployment benefits.

"To provide them a stipend to look for work and to afford looking for their next job," said Kris Cook, an employee at WorkSource.

The stipend ranges between 150 to 500 dollars and eligibility is based on employment history, but it is just a temporary solution.

"It's not like I'm sitting at home everyday, I'm out there looking for work," said Gonzales.

And while you're waiting to hear back about your benefits, WorkSource employees say there are jobs available and they can help you find them.

"For every job lost there's one created there are other jobs out there... they just may not have the skills," said Cook.   

WorkSource employees say right now the healthcare industry has work opportunities. Classes like the ones offered teach extensive training to anyone who is unemployed and may be looking to learn new skills, whether or not they receive the benefits.