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Big job fair in New Albany

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NEW ALBANY, IND. (WDRB) -- A big job fair was underway in New Albany Tuesday afternoon, and it was the site of a huge turnout at the WorkOne Center on State Street.

Metro Louisville's unemployment rate is just a little more than 8%, better than a year ago but still high.

So as Tuesday's job fair shows us, a lot of people are still looking for a good job.

"My hours are being cut and I had to come down here and see what was going on,"Kenneth Ward, a resident of Floyds Knobs told WDRB News.

He was one of hundreds of people to wait in a long line to check out the Job Fair in New Albany sponsored by WorkOne Southern Indiana.

Despite all of the news about a growing economy, Ward says there is a lot of fear and uncertainty among workers.

"I keep hearing about how great this economy is," he says, "in my current position in my job I talk to people and they feel like I do, that things are just bad; they are scared to death that they are going to lose their job."

More than 50 local companies were part of the job fair, recruiting for about 1,100 available jobs.

"There is a lot of temporary hiring, temp to permanent hiring that is going on in the manufacturing sector," says Jackie James of WorkOne.

James says during the past several months she had noticed more companies have become more aggressive in hiring.

But there is a new reality about the job market. Job seekers have to adjust to lower wages.

Says James, "They are looking for that higher wage; it is not always there or it takes longer to get back to a higher wage from when they may have been dislocated from another company."

Ward says things sure aren't what they used to be.

"I am old enough to remember when there were major manufacturing facilities," he says, "that employed people and now I see that disappearing and I don't see what is going to replace them."

People unable to attend Tuesday's job fair and who need a job are encouraged to come for assistance during regular business hours at any job counseling center.

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