INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - One out of 10 Hoosiers are currently unemployed. Some of thosepeople are heading to the library to change their career path. Theyare using the computer labs and free Internet access to search forjobs online, fix resumes and file for unemployment.
"They come to us because they know we have it." said CherylWright, Central Library Director.
Eddie Exford was self-employed as a senior servicesconsultant.
"Unfortunately, because of the economy, not everyone has money.My client base has dropped 80 percent," said Exford.
Every day, Exford comes to the library early to avoid the linesat the computer lab. He logs on, crosses his fingers and hopes thata potential employer has responded.
"I joined about six job sites and I go on the job sites each dayand try to find out who has responded, what other jobs have beenadded to that website, their qualifications, what they are lookingfor, their pay," said Exford.
Marion County'sCentral Library saw a seven-percent increase in visitors and a12-percent increase in circulation in 2008. Those numbers continueto climb as the economy declines.
The Salvation Army laid off Landrum Shields Jr. last week.
"I was caught in the midst of it," said Shields.
The library has always offered free Internet job searchingclasses. Now, they've become so popular that they've had to addmore of the classes.
"Because computers are so hard to get to on Sundays, we are onlyopen four hours, we have opened our computer training lab, whichhas 12 computers just for unemployment filing," said Wright.
The federal government says nearly 3,500 Indiana residents chose a health insurance plan through the federally run online exchange during its first two months of operation.
A cooling system at a women's shelter near Community Hospital was stripped of copper early Tuesday morning.
Walking into Ed Krzemienski's westside, ranch-style home, the sight of the toys, the electric train set and the foosball table leads you to two conclusions: Like a lot of guys, he has young kids, plus a well-honed sense of competition.