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Thousands turn out for career fair

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - The federal government is now in the career fair business.  Wednesday, for the first time in Memphis, a division of the U.S. Department of Labor held a career and training fair for unemployed workers.

Thousands lined up outside the fair, waiting for the chance to speak to potential employers.

Eli Carroll, a laid off truck driver, waited over an hour and a half just to get in.
"I just wish anybody could help me find a job," he said. "Even though I drive trucks, if I could just drive a forklift, or do anything.  I just want to work. I just want to get off this unemployment.

Inside, hundreds of workers shared similar stories of layoffs and company downsizing.

"It was a reduction in force," laid off clerical worker Louise Echols said.

"They were downsizing," laid off field sales representative Moya Hill said.

Employers at Wednesday's job fair ranged from FedEx to the Memphis Police Department to TitleMax.  Despite the crowds, Moya Hill was not discouraged.

"Literally everyday I submit anywhere from 12 to 20 resumes," she said. "That's my goal every day."

Hill, laid off after 10 years at her previous company, said she can't stop searching - there's a little girl at home she needs to provide for.

"I have a little one," she said. "I have a five-year-old diva."

The federal government provided the funding for Wednesday's career fair.  If you missed it, click here for more information.

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