Unemployment Numbers Remain Above Nine Percent

April 3, 2013 Updated Apr 3, 2013 at 6:43 PM EDT

By Rachel Elzufon

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April 3, 2013 Updated Apr 3, 2013 at 6:43 PM EDT

Buffalo, NY (WKBW) - Unemployment has flat-lined in Western New York. It is just above nine-percent.

Market analysts say there is economic growth. However, the jobless say they do not see it.

Jody Belling is one of nearly 53-thousand people in the Buffalo-Niagara Falls area in need of a job.

During downsizing at his previous job, he was laid off. He then relied on temp-work, which dried up.

He has been looking for work high and low ever since.

"I was on unemployment for over a year," says Belling, "and that just cut out in January. I'm out looking for work -- I have been since I've been unemployed."

Belling became trained in construction. However, in the wintertime, those jobs are few and far between. He has

"Unemployment ran out, I had no money to pay my rent -- I've been out on the street," Belling says.

Many other Western New Yorkers are in the same shoes.

That includes soon-to-be college graduates, who are forced to rely not just on their degrees and studies, but also on who they know.

"The job process right now is very hard, it's very short on jobs." says Buffalo State College senior Paris White. "It's not about what I'm doing, but the connections I have out there."

The latest numbers show nine-point-two percent unemployment in February of 2013. That is the exact same as February of 2012.

However, there are 15-thousand more people without a job now than in 2008.

Job market experts the market is actually recovering.

The private sector is adding jobs to Western New York -- but the government is investing less into the economy.

While jobs in areas like retail and hospitality go up, Erie and Niagara Counties have lost more than 45-hundred public sector jobs since 2010.

That is a number that many are trying to overcome.

The Buffalo Employment & Training Center hosts classes and sees hundreds of people walk through its doors everyday in search for work.

It is hosting a career fair on Wednesday, April 24th from 10 in the morning until Noon.