Warsaw Community Public Library is offering free classes for those unemployed or underemployed.

Unfortunately, many workers in the county area have been laid off from jobs they have held for sometimes decades, and left without adequate skills to enter a job pool now dominated by high-technology.

From a 3.8 percent unemployment rate in November 2007 to a 8.8 percent unemployment rate in November 2008, the rate of unemployment has nearly doubled in Kosciusko County over a year's time. Presently, the county unemployment rate is 2 percent higher than the state's 6.8 percent unemployment rate. Statistics are from the Indiana Department of Workforce Development.
"In these tough economic times, we want to help," said Ann Zydek, library director.

On Feb. 3 at 6:30 p.m., a class focusing on creating resumes, completing work applications, and finding jobs will be presented. On Feb. 10 at 6:30 p.m., a class focusing on job interviews will be presented. Both classes will be presented by Steve Carlson, director of career services at Grace College and Theological Seminary.

More classes, including those on computer usage, are being planned for the next few months.