By Laura Coker
Posted: 9:32 AM March 17, 2010
The job market in South Carolina is still struggling in this economy. The state has a record high 12.6 percent unemployment rate and many people are having trouble finding jobs in their field.
William Bush is a welder and plumber who for the past year has done his share of job hunting.
"In the construction industry, you have a tendency to, well the works there sometimes and you get laid off and you just go to another job but that's just the way it goes," says Bush.
The SC Employment Security Commission's Jack Kelehear believes things are looking up, but people must be willing to change.
"Be willing to update your skills, be flexible, you may need to relocate," said Kelehear.
Bush is trying to find a job through the One Stop Program at South Carolina Unemployment office for help.
The One Stop Program's staff assesses job skills and offers classes in resume building. The program has 460,000 participants.
Communications director Clark Newsom says the program prepares applicants for the specific jobs available.
"We can help people with the skills assessment, finding the training that they may need. There is some money for education and that sort of thing," Newsom said.
Bush says One Stop is really helping him learn the skills he needs and he hopes to become one of the 30,000 people who have been helped by the One Stop Program this year.