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MONROE - Losing a job can cause people to feel hopeless and anxious.

Looking for a job during difficult economic times can be frustrating.

Green County Human Services offers assistance in both instances.

Career Connections is located in the Green County Human Services department at the Pleasant view Complex. Open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, the program offers services similar to those once provided by the Green County Job Center, which was eliminated a few months ago due to state budget cuts.

Jeannie Blumer, Green County economic support supervisor, said the mission of Career Connections is to help people find jobs.

"We want to move families out of poverty," she said. "Public assistance is only a helper, not the solution."

Blumer sees more people come to Career Connections as the economy tightens.

Kelli Boss, career center coordinator, said about 75 people come in every week to receive help and to find out about jobs available in the area.

"Some people spend the entire day here," Boss said. "Other people come in to see what jobs are online or in the papers."

Career Connections offers help with resume development and review, Blumer said.

"Their attitudes change when they build their own resumes," Blumer said of the people who come in to receive help. "They see that they have skills to offer employers."

Boss also has created a weekly job packet for people who come to the center. The packets organize job advertisements from local newspapers, and allow people who aren't computer savvy a chance to see a wide range of information, Blumer said.

Boss also helps people fill out applications on the computer.

Anyone is welcome to come to the center for assistance, Blumer said.

More information about Career Connections is available at 328-9344.