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Job Fair Matches Employers With Workers

Until September 11th, Cory Watts was a computer program analyst at Stennis Space Center. He got laid off and now free-lances, but wants something full time. 

"I've currently been trying to get employed with the government. I worked for NAVOCEANO. I was a contractor and I've been talking with some of the people about getting on permanent with them.," Watts said.

Denny Faggard is looking for something permanent too. He lost his job of 29 years last summer when International Paper Company closed. Faggard now takes electrical courses at the community college, hoping his new training will pay off. 

"Either an operator position at a local plant or either an electrical job when I get through in the fall with my training," Faggard says.

At 49, Faggard is afraid his age will hurt his chances of employment, but he says he has a lot to offer. 

"Experienced operator, somebody that'll show up for work everyday and do a good job for eight hours."

Many companies represented say they're growing and need people to fill jobs. Dave Daniels of Schwann Foods says, "We're growing tremendously. We're a nationwide company, we're lookin' for people nationwide."

The job fair is the second to be held since the layoffs in Jackson County. Chamber representatives say of the 4,000 people who showed up for that one, one out of four found jobs, and employers are hiring at this one too.

By Marcia Hill

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