Job Fairs Popular as Economy Recovers

Reported by: Bill Mitchell

Edited by: David Moore
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Updated: 8/21/2013 6:30 pm
LAFAYETTE, GA. (WDEF) - Few Americans were not affected in some way by the recession.
It could be relatives, friends or even yourself---losing a job is one of the toughest things a person ever has to deal with.
That's why Job Fairs are important, like the one in Walker County Wednesday afternoon.

Abandoned factories like this one dot the landscape all over north Georgia, a reminder that recessions leave deep scars.
It's not just a scar on the landscape---real people are struggling to recover in an uncertain environment.

MICHELE ADAIR, WALKER CO. "My husband was in a real bad car wreck and he's no longer able to work, so I've got to get a job and go to work"

QUENTIN NORTH, JOB SEEKER "Oh, its messed me up bad. I got a little kid at home, I got my wife home ..Me and her both are unemployed, her not having a high school diploma right now..its really thrown us off right now."

Those people were all standing in line when the doors opened for a job fair in Lafayette where the unemployment rate is now under 7%, and things are looking up.

BEBE HEISKELL, WALKER CO. COMMISSIONER "CCN, a new company just signed the papers on last week...and they are a tier one supplier for Volkswagen and General Motors. So we're in "auto-Alley" and it shows."

Express Employment of Chattanooga ran the job fair with the help of the Georgia Department of Labor.
As many as 50 jobs will be filled by these applicants.

BRITTANY SPRAYBERRY, EXPRESS EMPLOYMENT "Mig welders, painters, fabricators, packers..fork lift operators ..Mostly manufacturing type people."

The rules are simple at job fairs---fill out the forms, wait for an interview and hope you're one of those selected.
Most of these jobs will be in the Lafayette area.

BRITTANY SPRAYBERRY "And its not a specific industry. Its not just the automotive, not just the textile and the carpet...but all the manufacturing industry seems to be picking up."

And things for many of these people picked up today---when they went home with a job.

Commissioner Heiskell says in addition to more carpet-related jobs developing in Walker county, negotiations are underway with two other auto-industry suppliers.
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