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County Resumes Job Fairs

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(Sacramento, CA)
Wednesday, September 29, 2010

H&R Block, Comcast and Barnes and Noble were a few of the companies handing out employment applications.

"What we have primarily available is seasonal book-seller positions."

Cassandra Sharp is among the well-dressed job hunters with resumes in hand. She's been out-of-work for just over a year.

"Unemployment benefits ran out so, looking everyday online and everything."

Sharp wants to get a job in customer service or as a receptionist.

"Which is real hard to find now, it's challenging."

It's been challenging for David Momoh too. He's a real estate agent hit hard by the housing slump.

"I just can't really sell a house because people are waiting for prices to go down some more. Trying to get some work. It's been a long time."

Bill Grimaldi is the workforce coordinator for the county's Department of Human Assistance. The agency used to host job fairs twice a year. But the last one they held was in 2008.

"Took about a year-and-a-half break just because of the way the economy was going, hard to get vendors to come out. Things are getting better so we were able to set something up and got a good one going."

Businesses are looking for seasonal workers, says Grimaldi as they ramp up for the holidays. Another job fair is slated for next March…when Grimaldi expects construction hiring to pick-up.   


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