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Nearly 18,000 jobs available in the Mid-South

The key, prospective employers say, is to try and do more than apply online. The key, prospective employers say, is to try and do more than apply online.

(WMC-TV) - There is good news for those looking for a job in Memphis and the Mid-South. Chamber officials say there are nearly 18,000 jobs out there, but it may take a little hard work to find the job that is right for you.

For Eugene Gitter, it is not just another trip to a job fair. It is now a matter of life or death.

"Makes you want to give up, but you got no other choice ... You gotta survive," said Gitter, who lives in Hernando.

Gitter has been unemployed for two years. His wife suffers from cancer and needs good insurance. He was one of over 2,000 filling out applications at a job fair in Southaven Tuesday.

"I've been working since 1978, and I could leave a job and go to another. I've never seen it this bad," said Gitter.

In DeSoto County, the unemployment rate is well below the state and national average. But at the job fair in Southaven, people lined up from all over the Mid-South to find a job.

Some here already have work but say there is still a problem.

"Its not paying enough. I'm gonna try to work two jobs.I'm gonna work two jobs trying to make it through Christmas," said Senatobia, MS resident Tyesha Leverson.

With a 9.7 unemployment rate, Shelby County is well above the state and national average for those without jobs.

Earlier Tuesday morning, hundreds of those residents came out to a similar job fair in Raleigh.

At Raleigh United Methodist Church on Powell Road, more than 30 employers were ready to take applications. More than two dozen companies including Electrolux, Lowes, Kroger and the MED packed in Tuesday.

The key, prospective employers say, is to try and do more than apply online.

"When that human resource manager or recruiter is able to put a face with a resume, a resume with a person ... The thing you're able to do in person versus online is sell yourself," said Adam Todd with the MS Governor's Job Fair Network.

Memphis Shelby County Chamber of Commerce officials say they are currently working on projects that could bring an additional 2,500 jobs to the city. For more information on the job openings and job fairs in Memphis and the Mid-South, click here.

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