LAS VEGAS (KSNV & MyNews3) -- His job is to keep an eye out for employees. Today the new Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez came to Las Vegas and met with job seekers.
With a daughter set to start college this fall, Teresa Rodriguez, a mother of three, says unemployment is taking a huge toll on her family.
“It's been really hard for me because I’ve had to wait, and knock, knock at several doors,” she said.
Her daily routine for the past two years looks like this-- spending hours each day scouring the internet in search of a job.
“It's been frustrating,” she said.
She’s not alone. Unemployment in the Las Vegas valley has hit 9.5 percent -- well above the national average. At the workforce career center dozens of job seekers walk through its doors each day looking for assistance.
This employment center provides job seekers with a wealth of resources including training schedules, hiring events and today Perez introduced health insurance enrollment.
Perez spent part of the day touring the center before hosting a seminar and walking job seekers through an online healthcare enrollment process
"Regrettably, the unemployed often tend to be the uninsured,” Perez said.
Beginning next year new health care laws will require everyone- even those who are unemployed- to have insurance and starting October first Nevadan’s can learn about insurance policies and purchase plans online at the job center.
“We're here at the American job centers to tell everybody that is walking through these doors that not only are we going to work with you to help get a job but we're going to work with you to help get affordable healthcare,” Perez said.
For job seekers like Rodriguez, that message provides renewed hope and reassurance for her and her family.
“It's another horizon for me and i really hope i will get a very good job," Rodriguez said.
-- Venise Toussaint / KSNV News 3