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Tuesday, September 24, 2013 - 5:00pm
Thousands of job seekers started their day, Tuesday, at the Workforce Solutions Upper Rio Grande "Get Hired" job fair.
"Hopefully we'll be able to help all of these people that are jobless here in El Paso," said Amber Arreola.
It's the one day, the convention center transforms into a one-stop-shop for employers and job seekers.
"It's a good amount actually. I was surprised last time when I came I don't remember it being this packed," said Arreola.
Dozens of employers lined the aisles, ready to fill their job openings. As we reported, some of the 6,000 jobs available at the fair were part-time and or seasonal.
"I guess this job fair proves that there are jobs available you just have to know we're to look," said Alessandra Navarez.
The job fair Tuesday comes as new numbers are out from retailers ramping up for the holiday season.
Toys R Us will bring on 45,000 workers this year, roughly on par with last year's plans. Target plans to hire about 70,000 temporary workers, down from 88,000 a year ago.
While Wal-Mart, the nation's largest retailer, said it would hire 10% more workers this year than it did last year, mostly as a result of the company's new stores. Regardless of the part-time status, many job seekers are just looking for opportunity.
"Just looking for an opportunity to improve myself and also get a job," said Nevarez.
New local economic indicators published Tuesday by the Dallas Federal Reserve show El Paso's August unemployment rate stood at 8.6 % -- more than two points higher than the Texas unemploy¬ment rate of 6.4 %. The national rate was 7.3 %.
In Las Cruces, the unemployment rate decreased to 8.3 % in July. That's still higher than the state average. In august, the New Mexico unemployment rate was 6.8 %.
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