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Record turnout at Rec Center job fair

Last year 3,000 people attended the fair. This year, turnout is expected to be even higher. Last year 3,000 people attended the fair. This year, turnout is expected to be even higher.
Robin Mickel is attending a job fair for the first time after her work hours were reduced to 15 hours a week. Robin Mickel is attending a job fair for the first time after her work hours were reduced to 15 hours a week.

MAUMEE, Ohio -- The northwest Ohio job market has been hit hard by the struggling economy. A sign of the hard economic times... record turnout at the annual job fair at the Lucas County Rec Center.

The job fair runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday. Last year, 3,000 people attended the fair and attendance is likely to be even higher this year. Unemployment in our area are actually higher than the state and national averages.

With entry-level to executive jobs available, some 108 companies were represented.

Job seekers like Robin Mickel were attending a job fair for the first time. She decided to look there for a job after the hours at her current job were reduced to 15 hours per week.

News 11's Shelley Brown covered the event and spoke with many job seekers including a homeless man living at the Salvation Army shelter. Some were looking for a second job to offset high gas, energy and food costs. Each has their own story and is a unique example of the tough economic times many feel, particularly in our region.

Posted by LS

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