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Job fair in Pittsburg attracts job seekers

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The City of Pittsburg holds a job fair after Via Christi laid of hundreds of people statewide earlier this month.  Via Christi cut 28 jobs in Pittsburg and the city says it was a large driving factor behind setting up a job fair to keep those workers and others employed in Crawford County.

"When the announcement was made we received several calls from local employers that were having a tough time finding qualified employees, so we just decided it was a natural proactive way to bring the two groups together," says Blake Benson, the Director of Pittsburg Economic Development.

More than 100 job seekers were at the job fair in the first hour alone.  The fair featured positions from numerous fields including trucking, nursing and accounting.

Benson said all 25 employers present on Tuesday have immediate openings within in the county.

"Before they start looking at another community we'd like the opportunity to keep them here in Crawford County," says Benson.

Employers from the city says they are happy to come out to make connections and hope to find some quality employees.

"We're lucky to get resumes all the time but it's really nice to meet individuals, find out what their talents are and their skills are," says Dawn McNay of the Community Health Center of Southeast Kansas.

Christie Yockey has been working for the Kansas Children's Service League for the past nine years.  Due to funding cuts she will be out of job starting June 28.  She says she came to the Crawford County job fair to see about her next step.

"I was just excited to come out and see if there would be anything that I would be qualified for, you know, to see what was out there," says Yockey.

Yockey says after being scared about the job search, coming here and meeting people face to face helped her gain confidence that she'll be hired soon.

It's not just those who've been layed off who attended the fair trying to find work.  New graduate Jamie Malle says she's been looking for work since January and hopes making connections here will push her over the edge.

"Everyone here keeps telling me persistence is the key and any job that I've ever gotten, it was because I was almost annoying about it," says Malle.

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