Hundreds turn out for Camden Co. job fair

COLLINGSWOOD, N.J. - October 13, 2010

The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Collingswood Grand Ballroom.

Also featured will be representatives from the Camden County One-Stop Career Center, who can help you with tips on resume writing and job searches.

"We know in this economic downturn that many of our constituents are looking for work and can't find it," said Freeholder Director Louis Cappelli Jr. in a statement. "This is a chance for the county to reach out and help bridge the gap between job seekers and employers."

People streamed in by the hundreds when the doors opened, all with the same mission: find a job.

"It's really tough. I've been out of work for a while now," said Darin Diem of Stratford, N.J. He lost his job in the construction industry and has been unemployed for months.

Even if you missed the job fair, don't worry. Most employers in attendance said that the best way to apply for jobs is through their websites.

"They're going to get more if they go to the website because all of the open positions are going to be there," said Michelle Carter of Cooper University Hospital.

The unemployment rate in Camden County currently sits at 10.5 percent, up from 10.2 percent in 2009 and 5.8 in 2008. The national average is 9.6 percent, according to data released in June by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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