Job Seekers Crowd Job Fair

By Doug Greene
|  Thursday, May 2, 2013  |  Updated 7:24 PM EDT
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13th annual job fair held at Rentschler Field

13th annual job fair held at Rentschler Field

Tiffany Reyes recently lost her job working in community outreach for the city government in Hartford and she knows finding a new job will be a challenge.

"I don't think my chances are that high," she said. "I went from a good salary.  The salaries are pretty low right now, to be honest with you."

Her research on what she might be able to do led her to Rentschler Field, where the Urban League organized its thirteenth annual Job Fair.  More than four hundred people showed up.

"We try to help people stay empowered because there are jobs out here.  There is hope for people," said Yvonne Matthews, the organizer.

"It is getting harder.  More and more jobseekers are not coming up with jobs," she said.

She agreed with longtime unemployed people at the job fair that it can be difficult for job seekers to stay positive.

"I've been looking for a little over two years," said Janel Simmons.   She said what keeps her going is the need to support her three children, "and I pray," she said.

Pete Lopez was showing his resume to employers.  It revealed he last worked in 2009.  "This is my second job fair in a row.  They had one yesterday at the Marriott in Farmington.  It's tough out there."

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