Felons Face Tough Odds in Job Search

LAS VEGAS -- With a 14.8 percent unemployment rate, many job seekers in Las Vegas say they face constant rejection and for a felon, the odds are even greater.

Moses Duncan says finding work is the hardest job out there right now. "I even tried getting a job picking up dead bodies," said Duncan. So far, not a single bite and he is blaming one bad decision he made nearly two years ago.

"Somebody attacked my son and I attacked them which wasn't the right thing to do," said Duncan. He was charged with attempted battery which is a felony and a huge red flag on his record.

"It's impossible, I cant even get a job at 7-11."

Duncan says Kevin Williams has been a big help. Williams works at an automotive place but his passion is helping the unemployed land jobs. He uses his years of interview and resume experience to guide job seekers.

"It's just a matter of me going out and trying," Williams said. He targets low income neighborhoods where he says his help is needed more.

With Williams advocating for him, Duncan says he's optimistic about an upcoming interview with a funeral home. Some may look at Labor Day as one less day of work, Duncan says that's one work day he wishes he had.

"You're lucky that you're able to pay your bills, you have somewhere where you work eight hours and you know you'll have a check at the end of the week. For some of us we don't know what we're going to do from day to day."

While discouraged, Duncan will continue job hunting until he finds something. "If there's a will, there's a way."

He is hoping patience will lead to a more promising future.


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