Despite 20 years of experience, Ella Alexander has been struggling to find a job after being laid off. She is worried without a job she will lose her home, which she worked so hard for.
Adam Dani is a father and a husband. He has been searching for a job for more than 8 months, forcing his wife, a stay-at-home mom, to find part time work while he does consultant work in between job hunting.
The Oklahoma Impact Team
OKLAHOMA CITY -- About 6.6 percent of Oklahomans are unemployed, according to the latest numbers from the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission.
The commission's December report showed some hope for the state with a drop of .5 percent points from the previous month.
However, that hope isn't shared by the still more than 117,000 Oklahomans without a job.
While state leaders say Oklahoma's unemployment rate is still better than the national average, the impact of the economic downturn is still being felt by those in the state struggling to find work.
Frequently, unemployment is merely reported as a statistic, but The Oklahoma Impact Team is taking a closer look at the people behind the numbers. They're our neighbors, our friends and fellow Oklahomans.
Watch the featured video for their stories.
Many of the state's unemployed are sacrificing health care, but there are free health care clinics across the state for people who need help. Below is a full list of free health care clinics in the Tulsa and Oklahoma City areas.
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