Burlington Coat Factory is bringing more than 100 jobs to Longview. The company held a job fair today and enjoyed a great turnout. Another sign that Longview's employment picture is really looking up.
There's no denying Longview is growing in both size and population, but city officials say those aren't the only areas.
Lester Lucy, Board Chairman of the Longview Partnership, says, "The economy is good here, it's probably going to get better."
Lucy also says employment rates are at very high levels right now and economy.com says Longview's employment growth ranks 74th out of 387 metro areas.
And, Lucy says unemployment rates are also at record lows... "we continue to have companies expand here, relocate here. People are constantly looking for a good workforce and we have a good workforce, we can always use more."
Like the Burlington Coat Factory.. Today, dozens of people filled out applications for more than 100 jobs. Positions include cashiers, sales floor associates and shipping and receiving employees.
"It's great, it's great, anything that can give more jobs to a community is better for everyone," says Kim Mayhall, an applicant.
Lucy says, "If your economy is growing then your town, your sales, your sales tax, your taxes are up for the city. It's just a good time right now."
A time local officials believe will not be changing anytime soon.
If you missed today's job fair, Burlington Coat Factory will still be at the East Texas Workforce Center tomorrow and all next week. The workforce is open from 8 am to 6 pm and is on South High Street in Longview.