1. Displaced workers upgrade their skills

    With the state's unemployment rate hovering around 8½ percent, scores of the unemployed are looking for new ways to get working. Area job training centers and local colleges are humming with activity from those looking to gain an edge over stiff competition in this hurting economy.
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    1. Indeed, we are seeing, on a daily basis, folks from all sectors saying they have been laid off and they're looking to be retrained, from the public and private sectors to the self-employed.
    2. Any training that we offer through my department here, we don't offer it unless there are jobs out there when they finish their programs.
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