Hurricane Evacuees Seeking Work In East Texas

With many hurricane evacuees not knowing when they'll be able to go back home, and with no money in their pockets, many are looking for jobs here in East Texas.  Officials at the East Texas Workforce Center say at least 110 hurricane evacuees have filed for unemployment benefits and filled out employment applications since yesterday.

It normally takes 21 days to get the first unemployment check.  That has many evacuees scrambling to find a job soon.  "Right now, we are looking for any kind of job.  When we see how that job's here in Tyler, Texas we'll decide if we'll go to Dallas or stay in Tyler. Now is really a difficult time," said 35-year-old Habeeb Hama, who came to Tyler with 70 family members.

The East Texas Workforce Center is located at 4100 Troop Highway.

Oralia Ortega, reporting.