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South Mississippi Job Fair draws large crowd looking for work


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JACKSON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - More than 1,400 folks came out to Tri County's Annual Job Fair in Jackson County to hunt for work. Employers from cable to oil spill cleanup companies were reading resumes and interview job seekers on spot. 

"I talk to a lot of recruiters, but no luck so far. But I am not giving up," job seeker Rena Crear said.

Rena Crear came to the fair hoping to land a second job. She says her current job is cutting her hours due to the tight economy. 

"A job is very important to me because you need money to survive." 

Mark Kay's Vanessa Upkins was one of the employers looking to hire people like Crear to add to her sales team.

"While other companies are laying off, you can actually create your own financing," Upkins said.

Organizers say the unemployment rate just in Jackson County is 10 percent. They admit the number seems high, but job fairs like this prove the economy is turning around. 

"You can look at these 50 outstanding employers that are here today to hire that actually paid for these booths," Joe Buckner, director of Governor's Job Fair Network, said. 

Another sign that things are looking up on the coast, Buckner said about 127 jobs have been offered to job seekers at the fair. He expects the number to grow in the coming weeks. 

"That tells you a lot about the economy," Buckner said. 

Organizers say they expect 1,000 people to get jobs by the end of the year from this job fair. 

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