FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – North Texas stands out as one of the few bright spots after a disappointing jobs report showed U.S. unemployment ticked up again in the month of April. While the country added just over 50,000 jobs last month, the Dallas/Fort Worth/Arlington metropolitan area has 83,000 more than it did last year at this time.
Job seekers, though, are discovering the numbers aren’t necessarily making jobs easier to get. “You don’t hear anything back, you know, it can be kinda tough,” Theresa Smith said Friday, as she tweaked her resume at Workforce Solutions Tarrant County. “I have to take care of my kids. Without a job, there’s no way I can do that.”
The 37-year-old hasn’t had a full-time job since she was laid off from a customer service position at a corporate travel company three years ago.
Unfortunately her experience is in an industry that took a hit during the recession, says employer recruiter Frank Kuykendall. But there are some sectors that are expanding locally. Kuykendall says demand is strong for healthcare positions, especially home health aides in Tarrant County. Warehouse positions in the Alliance area are also in demand.
In Dallas, Kuykendall points to construction, where jobs plentiful. Bureau of Labor Statistics show professional and business positions are being added at double the national rate. With more jobs though, comes more competition to get them.
Kuykendall says the key has become accurately filling out online resumes so computer programs don’t reject them. And interviews are now often focused on attitude and personality. “This competition means you gotta be ready. You have to know how to do a resume and how to present yourself well.”