TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – With Florida's unemployment rate hovering at just under 5 percent, officials are looking for new ways to get people back to collecting paychecks.
If anyone needs a job, there's now an app for that.
Will Youmas needs a job.
"My current situation is that I'm on disability and I'm going to have to find a job to help take care of my kid," Youmas said.
He currently applies on his computer, sending out resume after resume.
"If there's an easier way to find one or look for one is do it," Youmas said.
Sometimes it feels hopeless, but the state's Department of Economic Opportunity said a new smartphone app may be able to help.
It's called Employ Florida Mobile. With just a few clicks and swipes, a job seeker can see all the jobs around their current area or another area in the state, or fine tune their job hunt to the field they're looking for.
"What the app does in the background is we are pulling from Monster all the different data banks that are out there, so we are making sure we are capturing as many jobs as we possible can to connect job seekers in the state with the jobs," DEO executive director Cissy Proctor said.
DEO said there's nearly 300,000 jobs listed in the app. If someone likes what they see, they are taken to a website to apply.
Youmas is on board.
"This is pretty cool, man, and then right here it says how to apply," Youmas said.
The state hopes the app isn't just useful for people already living here, but maybe some out-of-staters looking to relocate and find a new job.
Smartphone users can search for Employ Florida Mobile in their iPhone or Android app stores.