Goodwill Industries of Central Iowa has opened a jobs center in Southridge Mall in Des Moines.

The Connection Center, open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, will have advisers to help people who are looking for jobs and will provide computers so job seekers can search the Iowa Workforce Development's job postings online. 

"The Connection Center will help bridge the gap between job seekers and local companies," Marlyn McKeen, president of Goodwill Industries of Central Iowa, said in a news release.

The Greater Des Moines employment rate for 2012 was 5.2 percent, down from a higher of 6.2 percent in 2010, but still above the 3.5 percent rate in 2007.