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Job Fair Draws Hundreds

By Natalie Potts
By npotts@wbbjtv.com

JACKSON, Tenn.- Even though unemployment numbers have tricked down over the last few years, one local job fair attracted hundreds of job seekers, Tuesday.

Some job seekers told WBBJ 7 Eyewitness News that they are still struggling to survive in this economy.

"It's very desperate times," said Beverly Swain. "Really bad it's been two years since I've had work."

Organizers said nearly 300 people attended the fair looking for work. Gary Williams, with Personnel Placements recruiting told 7 Eyewitness News that he has seen the job market slowly make a turnaround.

"Jobs are picking up, I think that companies they are wanting to test drive their people before they make a commitment to have them full time," said Williams.

The unemployment rate in Tennessee is just below the national average at %7.6 percent. The National average is currently at % 7.9 percent.

"Now we are getting into what I'm going to call early spring, I think you are going to see more jobs available," said Williams.

The fair offered a variety of jobs in manufacturing and production positions. Residents said they hopeful their time spent at the fair will pay off.

"I hope I can get a job, a place to live so that I can afford a car," said Swain. "We can't even afford the auction cars, when they put them up for auction" said Swain.

If you are interested in attending other job fairs in the state visit www.tn.gov and follow their job fair links.