ROCKFORD (WIFR) – While Congresswoman Cheri Bustos is battling the government shutdown in Washington, she also hopes to battle Rockford’s unemployment rate and create jobs here in the Stateline.
Dozens of job seekers packed the Veteran’s Memorial Hall where more than 20 local employers offered jobs in things like manufacturing and insurance. Rockford struggles with the third highest unemployment rate in the State at 10.7%. Some people say it’s tough to find a job when there’s a growing demand for work.
Many employers say there’s a lack of skilled workers and commitment from potential employees.
“The hardest part we’re running into right now is going to be the lack of time that they want to be involved with the company, the amount of hours people are putting in. Just like everybody out there, some people don’t want to work a lot more hours than what other people are working, but with our job it takes a lot of time dedication,” said Supervising Agent, Steven Pirello.
Despite the lack of skills, many employers say they’re willing to train potential employees.