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Nationwide jobless rate drops, Western Mass. job seekers continue to struggle

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On Friday, the U.S. Department of Labor reported that more than 100,000 jobs were created nationwide in September.

The unemployment is now at 7.8 percent.

This is a number that hasn't been reached since the downturn in the economy in 2009.

However, one local career specialist in Western Mass. said that people continue to struggle to find work in this area.

"In the faces of our job seekers when I talk to them ... I definitely see a lot of doubt about the validity of those numbers, because it doesn't reflect what their experiences have been," said J.A. Marshall, a career specialist at FutureWorks in Springfield.

This includes job seekers like Tony Constantini.

In June, Constantini was laid off from OnCore Manufacturing in Springfield. He has struggled to find a new job in electronics and technology ever since.

"It was kind of hard ... I've been still searching for a job ... looking in newspapers ... on the internet for jobs, all around," said Constantini, from East Longmeadow.

Marshall believes the unemployment rate will need to drop even more before job seekers will catch a break.

"If we could see job creation at a higher rate, maybe 250 or 275,000 jobs a month, that would encourage me," Marshall said. "Right now we're not even keeping up with the growth of the population in general, and so again, that's very concerning."

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