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Experts Predict Job Growth Will Continue

It may be cloudy and cold outside, but the Fed's latest employment forecast is warm and sunny.

The nation's money authority, says if their predictions are correct, the U.S. could see unemployment fall to 6.5% as early as 2015.

Nick Perreault checks out the numbers to see if this promising trend will make a difference here locally.

Beth Hjertos is a registered nurse, but she's been out of work for a month.

"The job I was working at as a case manager at an oncology office here in Lansing no longer needed me so they canceled the contract," Hjertos said.

So she came to Capital Area Michigan Works to look for one.

"I mean everywhere I look businesses that have been open for years, for 10 or 20 years have been closing down recently and it just seems the economy around here hasn't been improving," Hjertos said.

But in looking at the numbers some job placement pros see a different story.

"Slowly since 2009 we have been creeping back up, so in 2012, the total private job numbers were 154,700," said Chief Communications Officer Andrea Kerbuski.

About 6,000 more than just 4 years ago, slow and steady progress, that seem to follow the Fed's latest projections, 6.5% unemployment, two years from now.

Andrea Kerbuski from Capital Area Michigan Works believes those numbers could be true here in Mid-Michigan as well, especially with growth over the years in IT, healthcare and manufacturing.

"The jobs that we are adding each year is growing, I definitely think it's within the realm of possibilities," Kerbuski said.

As for Beth Hjertos projections are one thing, but she is waiting to see it with her own eyes.

"I have a friend that left to be a nurse in California, that is doing pretty well, if I can't find a full time job, I'll probably leave the state."

But Kerbuski says be patient, if Mid-Michigan continues on the current path, more jobs will be on the way.

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