State Says Refugees Already Seeking Employment Help in Arkansas

SEPTEMBER 1, 2005 - Posted at 4:00 p.m. CDT

LITTLE ROCK, AR - The state Employment Security Department says refugees from Hurricane Katrina are looking for jobs and unemployment assistance in Arkansas.

As of about noon, 200 people had physically visited the department and another 100 had called.  Spokeswoman Kimberly Friedman says the numbers are changing by the minute.  She says people are inquiring about both jobs and unemployment benefits.

She says the department is using the Hope Migrant Farm Labor Center to assist refugees with housing.  That center is joining numerous shelters across the state for housing refugees.

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