Goodwill hopes to put dent in AZ jobless rate

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For the first time ever, the Goodwill of Central Arizona is teaming up with the Salvation Army to help unemployed workers in the Valley.

It is opening a Career Center inside the Salvation Army location at 27th Street and Washington.

Job seekers can get help with their resumes, interviewing skills and job search strategies.

"Job searching today is so much different than it was eight or nine years ago," said Kimberly Hall, director of career services for Goodwill. "It's imperative that job seekers understand what recruiters are looking for, and we're here to help them gain employment."

The Career Center will also be equipped with an on-site career advisor, computers, printers, internet access and telephones.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the jobless rate in Arizona for the month of March was 7.3 percent. That's one of the highest rates in the country - falling behind eight other states.

"This is one of the most impoverished areas in the Phoenix area," said Hall. "There are still people out there who are looking for work or looking for better jobs, so we're here to support them in that need."

The career center will be open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

The Goodwill of Central Arizona also has career centers inside three Valley nonprofit organizations which include Fresh Start Women's Foundation, Maricopa Skill Center and A New Leaf.

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