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Hundreds seek employment at Hattiesburg Pine Belt Job Fair

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Job seekers and job providers met face to face at the Lake Terrace Convention Center in Hattiesburg today at an annual event designed to help the state's economy by putting more people to work. The annual Hattiesburg-Pine Belt Job Fair brought in hundreds of folks looking for employment.

Among them was Matthew Ray of Hattiesburg.

"Everybody has been really friendly here," Ray said. "I've really gotten to know a lot of people and made a few contacts and really looking forward to seeing how it's going to work out," he said.

More than 50 companies and organizations participated in the fair. Representatives from one firm, Home Depot, were looking for part-time employees for next year.

"I've talked to enough people that I should have a good qualifying pool for this upcoming January, when we do our spring hiring," said Mary Myles, associate support dept. supervisor for Home Depot in Hattiesburg. 

Organizers said over the last few years, job fairs like these have been a good way to bring employers and potential employees together.

"Last year, there were over 200 job offers made at the job fair, with an estimated 219 job hires within the year, as a direct result of the job fair, so that's good for the economy," said Adam Todd, director of the Governor's Job Fair Network.

Today's fair was sponsored by the Governor's Job Fair Network and the Mississippi Dept. of Employment Security. 

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