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By Christian Jennings - bio | email

THOMASVILLE, GA (WALB) - Another sign of the tough job market.

More than 300 people were lined up when the doors opened at the 8th annual job and resource fair at Southwest Georgia Technical college today.

Several hundred other jobseekers came through before it was over.

Jessica Cason needs a job. And she's not alone.  She's just one of the 600 people who stopped by the Thomasville job fair Thursday morning.

"It's been hard," she says. "I've been looking for a job since I graduated from Albany state in 2007, and I have a son."

One of her first stops was at Primerica's booth, a financial services company that's actually looking to open a Thomasville office within the next 6 months.

"We have a training program. That's why we're here today. We are recruiting. We're looking to open an office here. We basically train people how to be in business for themselves," says Demetria Williams with Primerica.

This is the 8th annual job fair and with more than 40 employers accepting applications, surprisingly,  it's the biggest one yet.

"We're having an economic upswing in Thomas and Grady counties. We do have employers who have job openings, looking for people or anticipating openings in the near future," says Jeanine Long with Southwest Georgia Technical College.

An anticipation that filled the room with smiles of hope.

"It's going good, I'm pretty positive about it. I've given out a lot of resumes and gotten positive feedback," says jobseeker Sandra Geer.

"You know with the economy down you would expect people to be down but people are very excited just to know employers are filling positions now," says Williams.

Knowledge that left hundreds of well dressed job-seekers one step closer to the lifestyle change they've all been waiting for.

Among the area businesses and industries that participated in the event are: Ambassador Personnel, American General Life, Apalachee Center, Archbold Medical Center, BAIN, Inc., City of Thomasville Fire Department, City of Thomasville Technical Services, Coastal Plywood Company, Dollar Business Solutions, Experience Works, Federal Bureau of Prisons, Flowers Foods, Inc., Georgia Dept. of Labor Vocational Rehabilitation, Goodwill Industries Big Bend, Inc., Jameson Inn, Labor Finders, Liberty National, Lowe's, Mediacom Communications. New Hire Solutions, Redemption Ministries, Inc., ,ResCare Home Care, Senior Life Insurance Company, South Georgia Staffing, Spring Creek Health Cooperative, Southwest Georgia Technical College, Southwestern State Hospital, Tallahassee Police Department, Telamon Corporation, Teligent, Thomas County EMS, Thomas County Fire Rescue, Thomas University, Thomasville Police Department, Timken, U.S. Air Force Reserve, U.S. Army,  Wendy's, Workforce Investment Board and Workforce Plus.

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