WAVELAND, MS (WLOX) - In early July, Kim Gardache joined the millions of Americans flooding the market looking for work. The single mother of two now spends hours clicking and scrolling for opportunities online.
"It's pretty scary. You wake up every morning and wonder what if your kids get sick. I have no benefits for the first time my kids were born," said Gardache.
After losing her casino job, she, like others, turned to the oil cleanup as a way to get some income flowing back into the household, but it's been tough going.
"I've had my contract in there from day one, and I have yet to be activated," Gardache said.
According to the Labor Department, Mississippi's unemployment rate has been hovering around 11%, higher than the national average at 9.5%.
The unemployment numbers remained unchanged from June to July. The economy did lose about 131,000 jobs. The government points to temporary workers being laid off as part of the loss.
At the same time, the White House says 71,000 jobs were added in July marking the seventh straight month of the private sector creating jobs.
For Gardache, the figures puts things in perspective when it comes to her situation.
"I wake up every morning and know that I'm not the only one. That's probably what gets me through the day is that I'm not the only one in this situation," says Gardache.
Gardache has signed up for unemployment and Medicaid, so her two children will be covered. While she actively pursues a job, she's already coming up with a plan "B."
"I'll take whatever job I can take during the day, and I'll go to school at night and get a degree. I think the medical field is a lot more safe right now, and it's something I've always wanted to do," Gardache said.
For more information on unemployment services, you can visit the Mississippi Department of Employment Security website.
You can also check out wlox.com's "Jobs" for job postings in the area.