Martinsville Job Fair Attracted Over 1,000 Job Seekers - abc27 WHTM

Martinsville Job Fair Attracted Over 1,000 Job Seekers


Martinsville, VA -- Coordinators of Wednesday's Martinsville-Henry County Chamber of Commerce job fair say it is the busiest one they've ever seen.

The President of the Chamber says 3,000 jobs have been lost in this area in five years, so they weren't surprised to that it was packed with 1,500 jobs up for grabs at the event.

For many people in Martinsville, the road to finding a job has certainly been a long one, making the wait outside of the Martinsville-Henry County job fair seem like a breeze. People started lining up at 6 a.m. Wednesday  for the job fair, which started at 9 a.m. 

"This line is wrapping around the building. Almost twice. Definitely the biggest job fair that I've ever seen," said Amanda Witt, President of Martinsville-Henry County Chamber of Commerce.

 Inside, crowds of hopeful job-seekers flooded the 40 employers' booths.

Brandi Crowder, 21, has been in the market for a steady job for three years. She hopes this will be the day her streak of unemployment ends.

"I just want a job like everybody else. Trying to make money, trying to make a living," said Crowder.

With high school diploma in hand, Crowder weaves her way through the crowds planning to hit every single booth.

"I'm hoping to come out here and someone give me chance, someone give me a job," said Crowder.

On the other side of the table, even the employers seemed surprised at the sheer number of applicants.

"We're trying to find 15 qualified people and we're seeing a lot of qualified people come through," said Carl Ratliff, Human Resources Training Manager for Eastman Chemical Company.

With 1,500 open positions from around the region, Martinsville Mayor Kim Adkins says this job fair shows the economy may be turning around.

"It would be great for businesses here and the economy," said Adkins.

And for many hopeful candidates like Crowder, a job would mean much more than just a paycheck.

"If I got an offer, I would just say it's a miracle. It's a miracle," said Crowder.

We checked up on Crowder who says she is very hopeful about several applications she filled out. The Chamber says some people left today with a job.

If you were not able to make it, you can check job postings here
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