Job fair draws hundreds in Henrico

By Gene Petriello - bio | email

HENRICO, VA (WWBT) - A job fair was held at the Crowne Plaza Richmond West in Henrico County.

Up bright and early, Jeremiah Goode is determined to get a job today. So much so he's been here since 7:30 this morning, hours before the job fair even started.

"I'm trying to prove to myself I'm willing to get out here find some work and never give up. There's an old saying an early bird catches a worm," says Goode.

This isn't his first go around at a job fair. He's been unemployed for almost a year.
And it's been six months for Vincent Leone.

"At least I didn't feel like I was alone in my search," says Leone.

Both have families they are trying to support. But with each day unsuccessful so far, things are getting tough.

"We had enough for some time but now it's been 6 months and down to the final wire. We're hoping to luck out here," says Leone. 

These two guys are part of a growing number of people who are coming to these job fairs, and for good reason.

The latest unemployment numbers from July in the Commonwealth say that more than 7 percent are unemployed. That is up slightly from the same time last year.

The numbers are even worse on the national level with the news today from the White House that we will see those high numbers stick around for a while.

"Hopefully I can get a good paying job, support my family and tell my friend, I finally got a job," says Goode.

There were about 17 companies here today. Some banking, others insurance companies and the military, and others. Some are even hiring on the spot.

"That's great news to me! I say sign me up. I'm willing to do anything and work really hard," says Goode.

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