Where Are the Jobs?

D.C. jobs fair draws record crowd of over 4,000

Attendance was up by more than 1,000 from last year’s fair, according to officials. “It’s breaking records, and it’s breaking my heart,” said Norton (D), the District’s representative in the House.

. . . Norton said the numbers show the “great hunger” for jobs in the District.

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Chicago jobs fair draws 9,000

“I go to job fairs all over the country but I’ve never seen one this big,” said Rodrigo Cervantes, a recruiter for Southwest Airlines, one of 29 transportation companies represented at the event.

. . . Velvet Hays-Dawson, 58, a former hospital phlebotomist, and her daughter Jessica Dawson, 21, arrived at 6:30 a.m. Mrs. Hays-Dawson’s husband drives a C.T.A. bus and is “the only check” in the family, she said.

Their home is in foreclosure. When the youngest daughter, Janelle, 19, reached college age, the family faced a decision: tuition or mortgage. “We made the decision to push her on into college,” Mrs. Hays-Dawson said. “Now we’re really in the hole.”

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