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Hundreds show up for Jobs for Jacksonians job fair

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

The Mississippi Department of Employment Security just released the latest unemployment statistics for Mississippi.

Overall, 8.5 percent of Mississippians are out of work and 6.7 percent of people in Jackson and surrounding counties are jobless. It's not the best news, but on the bright side, the City of Jackson hopes to put a dent in those unemployment numbers.

Wednesday morning there was a line extending to one of the doors at the Jackson Medical Mall. That's where hundreds of people, mostly job seekers, used benches, counters and their own laps to fill out job applications.

"This is the largest jobs fair in the state of Mississippi as we have been able to determine," said Louis Armstrong, the City of Jackson's Deputy Director for Human and Cultural Services.

Wednesday was the City of Jackson's second annual "Jobs for Jacksonians Job Fair." Job seeker Shaneice White arrived two hours before doors opened, hoping to end her nearly one- year unemployment.

"I've been trying to do hair and keep people's kids and cut grass, I've been trying to do it all," White said.

Often when job seekers attend job fairs they're disappointed because employers aren't actually hiring. Well, that's not the case at the "Jobs for Jacksonians Job Fair," because in order to participate, every employer must have at least one opening.

The Jackson Public School District is looking for about 30 bus drivers and bus aides.

"We hire year round as soon as someone resigns or retires with us from the district we try to fill that position as soon as possible," said Hope Thompson, an employee in the JPS Human Resources Department.

The Landmark Healthcare Company is also hiring. They're opening up the new Baptist Medical facility on State Street.

"We will be looking to hire our property manager and maintenance engineers probably a couple months before the building opens," said Lisa Addis, the Vice President of Property Management Group for the Landmark Healthcare Company.

Harrell Contracting Group, the ones completing the medical building look to hire at least 40 more construction workers before the project is complete.

The city hopes to put at least 500 people to work through Wednesday's fair.

The fair is open until 3 P.M. If you can't make it, but want to learn more about jobs in the city, call the City of Jackson's Human and Cultural Services Department at 601-960-0335.

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