Unemployment Facility Opens in Collin Co.

By Randy McIlwain
|  Thursday, Aug 25, 2011  |  Updated 9:34 PM CDT
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Workforce Solutions is a new state-of-the-art facility that has opened in Allen to help job seekers.

Randy McIlwain, NBCDFW.com

Workforce Solutions is a new state-of-the-art facility that has opened in Allen to help job seekers.

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A state-of-the-art facility to help the unemployed find work had its grand opening Thursday in McKinney, where unemployment is relatively low.

While other communities have seen unemployment spike into the double digits, Collin County has hovered mostly between 6 to 7 percent unemployment, even when the recession was at its worse.

Right now, unemployment in Collin County is at 7.9 percent. The rate has been affected in the last two months by teacher layoffs.

Workforce Solutions, which helps the unemployed find jobs, just opened a 9,000-square-foot facility in McKinney.

But some people have questioned the existence of such a facility in a wealthy, growing community like McKinney, wondering if it would better serve a community that has been harder hit by the tough economy.

Workforce Solutions served almost 10,000 applicants in McKinney last year.

There are currently 34,000 people who are unemployed in Collin County. Many are educated and were earning six-figure salaries, which means the mission of Workforce Solutions' new facility is different than other traditional agencies.

In McKinney, it works to pair employers with skilled workers as opposed to finding jobs for long-term unemployed or under-employed people in more economically challenged communities.

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