The local unemployment rate is just above 4 percent, but there’s still many in search of work. KSMU’s Kathryn Eutsler attended a hiring event in Springfield to hear from hopeful applicants.
Patrick Powell has a passion to learn. He has been pursuing a degree in Geology and English at Missouri S&T, but financial troubles forced him to take a break from school.
“I’m having to work for a bit, so I can pay it off. That’s why I’m here right now looking for my second job,” Powell explains, straightening his suit jacket and gesturing to his completed application.