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Goodwill trainees graduate as U.S. unemployment drops (access required)

By Caitlin Coakley CHARLOTTE — On Feb. 5, the same day the U.S. Department of Labor released January’s unemployment figures, Tammy Blanding, Vincente Lawson, Linda Lorde and 57 other local residents were heading to a graduation ceremony from Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont’s Occupational Skills Training Program. “I’m in awe. I’m in complete thanks to Goodwill for letting us take this training at no cost … and to make us feel like we’re not just a number, not just a statistic of the unemployed,” Blanding said.

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