4:49 PM EDT, August 31, 2012
Indiana showed job growth for the ninth month in a row, but many are still looking for work as jobs take center stage in the upcoming presidential election.
Both Republican candidate Mitt Romney and President Obama have said that job creation is their priority. That’s something Hoosiers like Gus Powell would like to see.
Powell, who has 18 years of managerial experience and degrees in architectural engineering, said he’s looking for work after his second layoff.
“You have these big companies that want to bring you in but they don’t want to give you benefits,” Powell told Fox59.
According to new numbers from the state, Indiana has seen job growth for nine straight months. So far, the state has added more than 42,000 jobs, the eighth most in the country. Most of those jobs are in manufacturing.
“Businesses are hiring again. There are opportunities out there,” said Joe Frank from the Indiana Department of Workforce Development.
The numbers ring hollow for unemployed workers like Powell. For him and many others, it’s not about the money—it’s about finding a way to provide for a family.
“At this point I'll take anything with two kids and a wife…it's difficult.”