East Texans looking for work

By Christine Nelson - bio - email

Posted by Ellen Krafve - email

TYLER, TX (KLTV) - More than 2 million people lost their job this year, and President Obama has vowed to create millions of jobs for struggling Americans, but the bills have to be paid in the meantime. KLTV 7 News spoke with East Texans currently looking for work, about their confidence finding a job with a new commander-in-chief at the helm.

At East Texas Workforce Commission in Tyler, Charles Collins says finding a job gets more urgent by the day.

"I worked in the oil and gas industry and it's sooo slow right now," said Collins.

Kenny Hampton of Tyler, who's searching for a better line of work, feels his pain.

"The unemployment line is extremely long," said Hampton. "People's are going down. We knew it was going to be a change but we want to know when.

That call for a change was the platform that got President Obama nominated and elected into office. He acknowledged the great task in his inaugural address.

"The question we ask today is not whether our government is too big or too small, but whether it works - whether it helps families find jobs at a decent wage, care they can afford, a retirement that is dignified," said President Obama.

Knowing that job creation is the new president's priority is giving some of the East Texans we talked to some hope, but they know it's not going to happen overnight.

"We just waiting on that change," said Hapmton.

"He's got to get in there and get his feet planted real good," said Collins. "And I hope Congress gonna work with him. I really do.

It's a level of optimism that unemployed East Texans are hoping to cash in for a steady paycheck.

Along with jobs, President Obama also said his economic plans will support a broad range of project from road building to solar energy.