Yuma has 27.5% unemployment while high-skilled jobs go unfilled

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Yuma has 27.5% unemployment while high-skilled jobs go unfilled

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YUMA, AZ - When it comes to finding a job a national survey ranks Yuma and El Centro as two of the worst cities in the United States in finding a job. But one employment agency challenges those rankings and says there are jobs out there.

Despite data released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Patrick Goetz with the Yuma Private Industry Council says the numbers don't paint a full picture.

In fact, Goetz tells KSWT News 13 there are thousands of high skilled jobs available in our area. Though, he didn't say exactly how many.

"We have a lot of defense contractors looking for work. We have a lot of architectural jobs. So depending on your education and your experience level, a lot of these jobs go unfilled in the Yuma area," said Goetz. He says employers can't fill those jobs because there aren't enough skilled workers qualified to fill them.

Still, the fact remains Yuma and El Centro both have unemployment rates nearly four times the national average.

The current unemployment rate for the Yuma area is 27.5% and 26.6% in El Centro.

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