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Soaring Jobless Rate: Nevadans Get Help

January 26, 2009

Las Vegas, NV – Nevada gets new jobless numbers today, and the hope is the state will do better than it did in December, whose figures were the worst in 24 years. Nevada ended 2008 with an eight percent jobless rate.

Andrea Tavener, a program assistant with Washoe County Library, says the library system anticipated the needs of locals, and expanded their services for job seekers. Tavener runs the Community Referral and Resource Center at the Sierra View branch of the library, where around 250 patrons a month are polishing their job-seeking skills so as to be able to make a strong impression in a highly competitive job market.

"There are lots of takers these days - in fact, the number of folks who need that assistance has probably tripled, since late 20005."

Tavener says their Center offers everything from free on-line GED training to a computer program that can increase your typing speed in a matter of weeks.

People all over the state can take advantage of free computer access at all library branches to look for a job or type up a resume. Tavener says the big difference at the Sierra View Center is that she is able to provide more intensive one-on-one assistance to job seekers who may not be all that comfortable working with computers.

"You know, a lot of times people have been in a particular field, where for say twenty-plus years they never needed to develop a resume. Now they find themselves needing to develop a resume to submit to potential employers, so I actually provide more one-on-one assistance at the center."

Tavener says she sees lots of Nevada retirees at the Center who say they need to make extra money to make ends meet. The Sierra View Library is located in the Reno Town Mall.

The Nevada Department of Employment Training and Rehabilitation will release the new state jobless numbers today.

Mike Clifford, Public News Service - NV