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Gaston Co. woman takes 26-mile ride to find a job

Here’s a reminder from the Gaston Gazette of how hard it still is to find work in some North Carolina counties, despite how hard people are trying to find work.

The paper profiled a Cherryville woman who was laid off a year and a half ago from  an administrative assistant job and has been unable to find any replacement work since.

The unemployment rate in Gaston County is 10.9 percent, a percentage point higher than the state unemployment rate of 9.8 percent, according to the N.C. Department of Commerce’s Labor and Economic Analysis Division.

With her car broken down and two children at home, Kimberly White, 39, made a 26-mile trip recently on her daughter’s mountain bike to pass in an application when a  job opening popped up several miles from town. Her unemployment insurance ran out two weeks ago.

From the Gaston Gazette piece:

“No one got successful overnight. They had to go through every step of the process,” White said. “Yes, I need a job. Yes, I need a car. And all I can say is my faith keeps me strong and keeps me going. I can only do what I can do and the rests is out of my hands.”

White hopes she’ll get a call back from the company where she sent in her application. She’s optimistic that an opportunity will come her way. By sharing her own struggles, she hopes others who might have lost hope might receive a little motivation and encouragement.

“There is something I’m supposed to learn from this or take from this or become from this,” White said. “I do believe life is the journey. It’s not the destination.”

 

One Comment


  1. Frank Burns

    September 19, 2012 at 1:11 pm

    The American spirit lives in this woman’s drive and determination. Never give up, way to go Ms White!

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