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RI's unemployed ask: "Where are the jobs"

January 29, 2014

Amanda Maycock, 25, of Woonsocket, lost her job about a week ago and was placing online applications at the netWORKri Career Center on Pond St. in the city Wednesday. ‘This place helps,’ she said, as she searched for work in the retail industry. (Photo by Ernest A. Brown)

PAWTUCKET -- Deolinda Sousa wouldn’t be able to get by without welfare benefits and food stamps, but she’d gladly trade them for a job that pays her for doing something productive.

“I’ll do anything,” she says. “I’ll clean toilets with a toothbrush.”
She’s that frustrated.

The 26-year-old mother of two has been looking for a job for more than a year, but she hasn’t been able to find one.

The last few weeks, looking for a job has become almost a job in itself for Sousa. She’s spent nearly six hours a day filling out one job application after another on computers at the NetWORKri Career Center, one of several “reemployment” centers operated by the state Department of Labor and Training.

For full story, see Thursday's print edition of The Call.

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