Lynchburg, VA - They're fighting the unemployment rate by taking the jobs to the people. Monday, Congressmen Bob Goodlatte and Robert Hurt hosted a job fair with more than 70 employers ready to hire. It was at the Liberty Mountain Conference Center, and it drew a big crowd.
There was a line of job-seekers from the conference center all the way to CiCi's pizza Monday morning. Inside the conference center, it stayed packed throughout the day. In this economy, finding work takes work. This job fair was an opportunity for some to skip a few steps and meet employers face to face.
"It's nice to talk to real people and see that yes there are opportunities, or no there are not yet, but potentially down the road," said Jim Corbett, who has been out of work for a month.
Corbett lost his job a month a go due to downsizing. He worked in insurance for the past 14 years and admits finding a new job isn't easy.
"It can be discouraging. You apply online over and over and over and you either get an automatic email, or you get nothing at all," said Corbett.
"I've been looking for about a year now," said Tonya Chambers, who's been out of work for one year.
Chambers says the constant let downs are hard to take but tries to stay positive.
"It's great to have all of this at your fingertips, but the thing is, it's stressful if you don't find a job and get hired, it's sad," said Chambers.
"People are hurting if they don't have a job," said Goodlatte, (R), 6th District.
Goodlatte and Hurt weaved through the crowd of job-seekers to lend words of encouragement.
"We have insurance, banking, education, retail, restaurants. We have jobs for people looking for part time or full time jobs," said Goodlatte.
"It's our hope that this will be useful to people and helpful to people and will help get people jobs," said Hurt, (R), 5th District.
Experts also helped with resumes, interview preparation and job-seeking tips. More than 1,300 job seekers were in attendance.