Job fair draws dozens looking for employment

CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) -- A job fair is underway from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. this afternoon, which is drawing in dozens and dozens of people looking for a job.

Some people are walking out of the fair with a smile on their face. Others, are not so optimistic, saying same ol' same ol'.

"It's good to be in Richmond, Virginia," President Obama said last week at the University of Richmond. He is feeling the pain of thousands.

"Here in Richmond, people don't have time for political concerns. You got life concerns. You may be looking for a job or know someone who is looking for a job," the President said during his speech.

No one knows that better than Keira Greene. She's been unemployed for two years. "It's been a mess. Just a mess. No job. No money. It's hard."

One voice speaking for the dozens of people who filled this room, looking for a job, a spark, from the 15 or so companies there today. We talking professions ranging from healthcare to banking and more.

Jay Carter walked into the fair with irony on his mind: he lost his job with VDOT the same day President Obama was here in Richmond -- saying he wants to get America back to work.

Since then, he's been hitting the pavement hard. "I've been putting applications in online. I've been at Snag-a-Job, looking in the paper on Sunday. It's been hard."

So far, no luck. But he heard the president and believes in him. "I got faith in him that he's going to step up to the plate and help us," Carter said.

Others are not so optimistic. But everyone here just hopes one day they'll get back up on their feet again.

The job fair is happening at the Holiday Inn, Koger Center, which is just off of Midlothian Turnpike in Chesterfield.

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