34-year-old Candie Royster has been looking for a job for over a year. Royster was laid of from her previous job. She has a husband who is disabled and a son who is getting ready to start school.
"It's been very hard, very hard," says Royster. "It's hard finding work. You go through temp services, they work you for a month or two and you no longer have a job."With Alabama's unemployment rate at 7.8%, the Sylacauga Chamber of Commerce and the Talladega Career Center hosted a career fair in Sylacauga.
Chamber executive director Carol Bates says, people starting lining up to get in at 7:15 a.m. on Friday morning for the 9:00 a.m. job fair."We try to meet the needs, of what people are looking for and what they want," says Bates. "There's plenty of jobs out there, there truly are I believe."Within the first few hours, more than 400 people met with potential employers. 25 companies were on hand, including local ones. For Royster, she continues to look for full-time employment. She says she won't give up until she finds it. "I haven't heard anything but I'm going to keep trying,as long as it takes. I've got a family to support," says Royster.
602 people showed up at the Sylacauga career fair on Friday.