DeSoto County hosts state-sponsored job fair

With the struggling economy affecting job seekers all over the country, the State of Mississippi sponsored a job fair Tuesday which had no shortage of eager applicants.

The economic crisis is the biggest issue on the minds of many Mid-Southerners, especially those without jobs.

"I've got a family to take care of right now and I'm looking forward to taking care of my kids. That's my main objective...trying to find a job today to take care of my family," said job seeker Robert Smith, Jr..

The DeSoto County Civic Center played host to a county area job fair co-sponsored by the Governor's Job Fair Network and the WIN Job Center in Southaven.

An estimated 1,000 job seekers were expected at the event.

"We have the widest range of job opportunities represented, from truck driving to law enforcement, medical, clerical, administrative. There are a lot of companies that are hiring right now," said Joe Buckner of the Governor's Job Fair Network.

65 potential employers were set up inside the convention hall for the event, which began at 9 am.

Jacqueline Dean was one of those seeking a new job. She has been looking for three months.

"Trying to find a position anywhere, I mean for anybody. Just trying to keep our homes, put gas in your cars, food on the table and take care of what we do have," she said.

Lawrence Kirkman is looking again, two years after leaving the casino business. He said it can be discouraging at times, but he's optimistic about the future.

"It's a little discouraging. This economy is a little discouraging, but I'm sure there is a job to be had and it's going to turn around," Kirkman said.

Officials said that one requirement for any businesses participating in the event was jobs availabilities for potential applicants.

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