The federal government pledged $31 million to help build back the labor market on the coast. Senator Trent Lott says the money from the Department of Labor will be used for job training for Katrina victims.
There are 1,300 new available jobs on the coast, thanks to the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. Wednesday, the Hard Rock held it's "Opportunity Rocks" Job Fair to recruit people to fill the positions.
"We are looking for people with experience. If they don't have experience, but they have the right attitude, we are willing to take them on and train them to be whatever they want to be," says Joe Billhimer, president of the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino.
Applicant Paula Milo-Moultrie says she has just what Hard Rock is looking for.
"I'm versatile, I can multi-task, I can also work with a team or independently. So I think I have a lot to offer and I just want my shot," says Milo-Moultrie.
And like hundreds of other job seekers, Paula got her chance. Applicants are interviewed on-the-spot for everything from management positions to cocktail waitresses, whether they were qualified or not.
Heather Freeman says she doesn't have much experience in the hotel and gaming industry, however, she says she has the spunk that's synonymous with the Hard Rock brand.
"All I know is that it is a loud, fun, music atmosphere and that you kind of have to have that attitude where you love to party and hang out with people to work here. So I think I will be good. They better hire me," Freeman says with a smile.
The official opening of the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino is July 7. That's 7/7/07!