Job Fairs to Help the Unemployed

By Audrey Williams

April 6, 2011 Updated Apr 6, 2011 at 6:11 PM CDT

Illinois' unemployment number peaked in January of last year at 12.1%, it's highest level in 20 years.

It has since steadily dropped and stood at 9.4% in February.

Still, job seekers are finding tough times in the work world.

Wednesday METEC and the Peoria Housing Authority held a job fair at the Riverwest Community Center with 10 business represented.

Organizers say about 60 people showed up within the first hour alone.

One mother of 6 says she lost her job in January and is having a tough time finding another, but she adds, "I think that job fairs like this where they come together and you can do your application right there and talk to someone personally meet somebody, it's a lot better than just guess, do I wanna work there?"

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