Unemployment rate rises

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Searching for a job is almost becoming a career for some people.

New numbers show the unemployment rate is up again in Memphis, although some other areas in the Mid-South have it a lot worse.

If you take a drive around Memphis, you may wonder how there are so many businesses and so few jobs.

Natalyia Bonner lost her job at a temporary agency more than a month ago. Now she’s struggling to find another place to work.

“It’s very frustrating and it’s very detrimental. I don’t have any kids, but if I had kids, I would be in a world of trouble,” she said.

New unemployment numbers released this week show 8.9 percent of you are looking for a job. That’s up two-tenths from June.

The number’s are worse in Shelby County – nine percent – but it’s a lot better than other areas in the Mid-South.

In Tipton County, the unemployment rate is 9.7 percent. Lauderdale County is one of the worst in the state at 12.2 percent.

Natalyia says the government needs to help.

“Something needs to be done. Instead of worrying about who`s doing what in politics and worrying about whatever; you need to worry about your city because people are leaving,” she said.

April Johnson started her own business after losing her job five years ago. She needed to find a way to feed her four children

“When I lost my job back in 2009, it devastated me and I had to come up with something fast. I decided to go to school, get a trade, set my own hours, work for myself, and I’ve been doing that ever since,” she said.

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