BEAUMONT - By Megan Dillard - The Labor Department released its final snapshot of the nation's job numbers before Election Day this coming Tuesday.
Last month, U.S. employers added 171,000 jobs.
The unemployment rate grew to 7.9%, up one-tenth of a point from September.
Analysts say the increased rate is because more jobs are available.
People who had previously given up on looking for work are now back in the market, on the job hunt. KFDM spoke with a man four months into his job search.
He hopes to take advantage of super storm Sandy by finding work and helping Americans in need.
Charlie Hampton reads a list of job openings at the Texas Workforce Solutions Office in Beaumont.
The construction worker and painter spends hours here each week.
His last job ended in July.
"Sometimes it can be frustrating, but you have to continue to look. The very day you decide not to go could be the very day that job could be yours."
Hampton says the Labor Department's new job report motivates him.
"If you look at the unemployment numbers across the nation, they say there are no jobs. When there are no jobs, you have to continue to look."
And he's not only looking in this area.
"Going on this clean-up job will give me an opportunity to see America."
He's talking about the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.
"To see people come from another state, or right down the street, to give them a helping hand and say, 'Hey, I'm here for you.' That's like music."
"FEMA will be there, and of course, just like when we had Ike, they'll come through and clean-up crews will come in."
Robert Foster of Workforce Solutions agrees.
The storm clean-up provides an opportunity for those who qualify to help with the recovery.
Much like what Southeast Texas saw after Hurricane Ike.
"When Ike was here, I was driving around. You'd see Michigan, Pennsylvania. All the different license plates that were coming down here to assist and clean up. That's their major job is to go and help clean up major disaster areas."
Whether Hampton is hired to clean up after Hurricane Sandy or finds something here; he's sure he has what it takes.
"It is reassuring. A little stroke of confidence. You kind of walk with your chest out, knowing that you've done everything it takes to get the job." Accepting a job that will mean one less listing at this office.
"Have to keep looking. Have to provide for the family. The sun shines every day. Gotta get up each and every morning with your little teaspoon of faith. This is my day to get a job."
A company will interview people looking for storm clean up work tomorrow in Beaumont from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the Melton Building on Sarah Street.