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Job fair for citizens with disabilities

Hundreds of out of work folks turned out for the chance to get hired

Tuesday, October 5, 2010 - 5:14pm

BATON ROUGE, La (WGMB)--It was a helping hand for folks ready to work.

The Louisiana Workforce Commission put on a job fair today for citizens with disabilities.

The idea was to connect job-ready citizens with local companies looking to hire.

Most of the positions were hourly, entry level and management gigs.

Hundreds of out of work folks in Baton Rouge showed up for the chance to get hired.

"I think it gives more people some hope because a lot of it was lost when the recession started," said Keenan Jones. "But we can't keep sitting there using that as a crutch, we need to really come to things like this and try to put ourselves in a position to be more successful."
The event was one of hundreds of job fairs nationwide to coincide with National Disability Employment Awareness Month.

Louisiana is home to almost 400,000 working-age people with disabilities.

More than half of these adults are underemployed but want to work.


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