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Residents of working age in 491 households in central city Milwaukee neighborhoods were interviewed in the Winter of 1994 to solicit information on their employment status, methods used to hunt for jobs, and perceived barriers to employment. The survey was conducted concurrently with a survey of Milwaukee area employers, collecting data on job openings, location of jobs, wages offered, and education and training requirements. One out of every three central city Milwaukee surveyed men and women in the labor force reported that they were looking for a job. This included unemployed men and women (54 percent of all job seekers), workers in temporary or part-time jobs (23 percent of job seekers), and workers with full-time permanent jobs (23 percent of job seekers). Need for better pay, better or more hours, desire for advancement, and dissatisfaction with their present job were cited by employed residents seeking new jobs. The survey found that over three-fourths of job seekers were interested in participating in a training program at the Milwaukee Area Technical College to prepare for a new job. Ninety percent of unemployed high school non-completers were interested in MATC training. For many of the job openings in the Milwaukee metropolitan area, workers need private transportation. Nearly two-thirds (64 percent) of unemployed job seekers did not have a car, and 17 percent had a car but no valid Wisconsin driver's license.