Hundreds of job seekers visit WVU-Parkersburg Job Fair

Published: Sep. 28, 2018 at 5:55 PM EDT
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Hundreds of people seeking jobs, visiting more than 100 job providers.

That, as West Virginia University at Parkersburg held its second annual job fair Friday.

A lot of people were present; a number that grew as the event continued into the afternoon.

"My belief is that getting a job you can be proud of is what allows you to take care of your family, be a real citizen of your community," says Dr. Chris Gilmer, President, West Virginia University at Parkersburg. "So we're glad we're bringing people and jobs together."

The state's jobless rate showed signs of improvement in August.

According to Workforce West Virginia, no county in the state had an increase in unemployment, and most showed a decline.

"You can hardly drive around Wood County and not see signs looking for somebody to work," says Keith Burdette, President, Polymer Alliance Zone. "They're everywhere. We just need to keep building on it. You know, it wouldn't hurt West Virginia to have people come to West Virginia to work as well."

The Polymer Alliance Zone was the location of an economic conference.

Sen. Joe Manchin was involved in both events. Manchin and others agreed it is a good time to look for a job in West Virginia.

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