The need for jobs in the U.S. is overwhelming with millions out of work across the country and in Wichita Falls the need is also great.
"We are very sensitive to that. We work on that everyday. This is not something that has just come on our radar screen," says Tim Chase, President of the Chamber of Commerce.
Chase says this is something his office strives to work on each day realizing many in our community are unemployed and in need.
"There's a lot of people that are still hurting in the community and we want to make sure that we do everything that we can to get them employed," he says.
Just over the past twenty-one months the Chamber of Commerce has worked with eighteen different companies on projects that would either keep jobs or bring in new positions. From those projects, just over 700 brand new jobs were filled bringing some relief to our local unemployment, but still Chase says its not enough.
"We're starting to see a small up-tick in jobs which we've seen some stable retail sales, but as I said, we're a long ways from being in good condition," says Chase.
That small number of jobs is just the beginning. He says that many of the projects have jobs that will be available in the future, but have not yet materialized. From the jobs that are said to be coming, Chase says there will be a great variety in skill level requirements and wages hopefully able to meet the needs of many.
"So we've got a nice variety of the kinds of wages and kinds of skills that these companies are going to be employing," Chase explains.
While it's hard to have a definitive goal for local unemployment numbers he says that in the next eighteen months the goal is to return to the city's peak in 2006 with some of the lowest numbers of unemployed citizens
"We're not satisfied. We cannot rest until we have created more of those primary jobs, so that those of our citizens who are unemployed right now are able to return to work," says Chase.