With unemployment figures on the rise during America's economic crisis, people looking for work are flocking to job fairs, but the make-up of those job fairs is changing
More job seekers, fewer employers. That was the story at the Central Kentucky Job Fair in Richmond and at others around the country.
While most of those looking for jobs used to be mostly recent college grads, now there's many more seasoned workers.
"The majority of the job seekers are those veterans that have been in the work force for quite some time. A lot of the employers are actually going to those universities and grabbing those fresh graduates now," said Erica Sluder with the Bluegrass Area Development District.
Glenda Cole worked at the same place for 26 years and then suddenly was laid off.
"It was devastating. I didn't know what I was gonna do, and so someone told me about The Experience Works Program, and I called them and they put me to work in Irvine. I've worked there for 2 years and now I'm laid off again," Cole said.
There is help here for people like Glenda who went decades without having to fill out a resume.
"They can come out and do resume preparation, and we've got the mobile job center here outside today helping those job seekers create a resume," Sluder said.
Ironically, the job fair was held in the Richmond Mall space previously occupied by Dawahare's. It went out of business during the economic downturn.
The Central Kentucky Job Center has another job fair scheduled for Thursday in Lexington. It will be held at Northeast Christian Church in Hamburg from 10:00-4:00.