Hundreds of job seekers pack WSU Tri-Cities for career fair
Hundreds of unemployed residents in the Mid-Columbia gather at Washington State University Tri-Cities today to look for work at a large career fair.
Many employers who are hiring say they are expecting to add jobs within the next few months, and that's making job seekers optimistic about finding work as their bills continue to grow.
Richland's Ginger Kidder has been out of work for eight months and says finding a new job has been a tougher challenge than she thought.
"There's just nothing out there. That's the tough part. I've applied and I've sent resumes and they just have nothing" said Kidder.
Kidder and nearly 1,000 other people looking for work, including students, packed into WSU Tri-Cities for a career fair today.
Kennewick's Ben Anderson will be out of a job in a week, and expects it to take a while to find work, so he's doing all he can to make sure he's not unemployed for long.
"For someone in my situation, I suspect it'll probably be a couple months" said Anderson.
Many employers are getting back in the hiring spirit.
In fact, all of the nearly 70 employers at the career fair have current openings or expect to have openings in the next couple months.
Richland technology solutions company, Elevate, has been experiencing steady growth all year.
"The job situation at our company looks actually pretty good. We forecast job openings happening within the next six months" said Candice Tschauner, Elevate.
Though some say the market appears to be looking better, job seekers like Kidder are cautiously optimistic about finding their next job.
"We're hoping. Contracts are letting up right now. So hopefully we will get something here" said Kidder.
Many people looking for work at the career fair were recently laid off from Hanford.
Those job seekers were able to get into the career fair an hour before the public to get a head start on their search for work.
Many of the companies at the career fair were out of state companies that are hiring.
Some job seekers tell us they would rather wait to find a local job than move out of the area for work.