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11/9/06-Longview

Workforce Center Holds Job Fair

The East Texas workforce center held another job fair Thursday, this one in Longview. While it was centered around honoring military veterans, it was open to anyone and everyone looking for a job. And that included some Goodyear workers who made the drive from Tyler to Longview.

Nearly 250 people came out to Thursday's job fair, looking for different jobs to be had.

Jimmy Shillings with the East Texas Workforce Center says, "there's a demand for jobs to be filled at all levels, really, particularly in manufacturing."

And that's just what Roosevelt Jackson wants to hear. That's because he's been working in manufacturing at Tyler's Goodyear plant for nearly 13 years.

"You're used to paying your bills on time and then all of sudden you have no paycheck coming in, it's a scary feeling," he says.

But now, he says things are looking up. He even has a job interview set up tomorrow, all because of Thursday's expo.

"It makes you feel like you got a chance that you can get a job," Jackson says.

Potential employees say job fairs give them the chance to meet employers face to face in hopes of getting a job, jobs the Workforce Center says are out there.

"We've got a lot of positions that involve some sort of heavy industrial background. We're definitely interested in the Goodyear people. One of the pluses about them is they already know heavy industry," Byron Horne with LeTourneau, Inc. says.

Jackson says he now has new hope for his future and the future of his family. 

"Look like to me it's going to be alright," he says...thanks in large part to job fairs just like this one.

The nearly 40 employers looking for help included the City of Longview, the Longview Police Department, and various manufacturing companies.

The East Texas Workforce Center will continue to hold job fairs once a month. And you can always go to our "7 On Your Side Goodyear Job Link" on this website.

Tracy Watler/Reporting: tracy@kltv.com.

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