Charleston woman wants job for Christmas

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Nicole Gadsden has been unemployed for over a year.  She says she's been desperately searching for a job in the Charleston area.

She's relied heavily on Trident One Stop Career Center, a federally funded program that assists people in their job search.  She sends out dozens or resumes and applications and resumes, but hasn't received a good response.

"It's hard.  The job market is rough right now and people are doing what they have to do to get by," Gadsden said.

The single mother of two says she wants a career as a Medical Office Assistant.  She says she's been offered part-time jobs, but they do not pay enough to support her family.

Paul Connerty with Trident One Stop says the unemployment rate in Charleston is well below the national average at 5.3 percent.  He says he believes incoming plants will provide a variety of jobs for people in the area.

"Boeing will not only bring manufacturing jobs, but also a variety of engineering and administrative work," Connerty said.

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