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9NEWS Reporter Jennifer Ryan visited several workforce centers in Denver, Jefferson County, Adams County and beyond, and found a lot of people in need of work, a lot of jobs, and a lot of free resources to help the unemployed get back to work.

Day 1: JOB TALK - Step inside Johnson's Corner off Interstate 25 just south of Loveland, and you will find much more than truckers and farmers enjoying an early morning cup of coffee. You will find a lot of opinions about today's job market.

"You're only working two days huh," said a local man to his neighbor sitting on the stool beside him.

The neighbor responded, "Two days a week, and there's five or six guys bidding on every job, and the only way I can get a job is to tell a customer 'I'll do it 10-percent less than the cheapest bid you get.'"

It is the same chatter we heard during the 1930s, and today, the conversation continues.

"People aren't spending any money, they're saving it," the neighbor said. "They're being really cautious as to where they spend their money, and they're only spending it on necessary things."

But if you listen to the four gentlemen sitting in the booth next to the neighbors, they believe today's job market which is comprised of leaner, cheaper workforces, is actually creating jobs.

"As a company we have 12 offices, and we have been hiring continuously for about two months now," the businessman said.

It is the reality of the unemployment crisis in Colorado. Some people are thriving while others are trying desperately to put food on the table. The good news for both sides, there is hope and help out there.

Stay tuned to the networks of 9NEWS this week as we take an in-depth look at the job market. Our goal is to help get as many people as possible back to work through stories about resources, trends and information about who's hiring right now in Colorado.

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