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Career fair sponsored by WLBT

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By Jewell Hillery

RIDGELAND, MS (WLBT) - Instead of hunting down shopping deals on Wednesday, many Northpark mall guests like Demartennia Stevenson were hunting down jobs.

Stevenson said that her main goal is to get a job, along with, be more successful for herself and her children.

Dozens of employers set up booths in the center court of the mall for the annual WLBT Job Fair.

Nationally, just over 9% of Americans are unemployed.

In Mississippi, close to 10% of the population is out of work, followed by nearly 8% unemployment in Jackson.

Despite the statistics, those looking for work said the career fair gives them hope of remaining unemployed to much longer.

Just about every company that was represented at the job fair had positions open and available.

"I look at this as a blessing because you don't get this opportunity much," said Demartennia Stevenson.

In addition to potential employers on hand, a number of local colleges and schools, including the Academy of Hair Design also participated in the fair.

Their goal is to speak with individuals, like Stevenson, who are also looking to advance their cosmetology skills.

Close to 3,000 people attended the job fair.

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