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Woman drives four hours for Manchester job fair

By: Tanner Hesterberg Email
By: Tanner Hesterberg Email

MANCHESTER, Ky. (WYMT) - Laura Brotherton was a long way from her home in Scott Depot, West Virginia, on Tuesday.

Two hundred miles away, to be exact.

"We don't have anything like this in West Virginia," Brotherton said. "My husband works for Workforce West Virginia and he was kind of amazed at how much money Kentucky puts into something like this. So we researched it and decided to ride down and see if we could locate a job."

Four hours later, she found herself in Clay County, along with dozens of others, looking to start careers that allow them to work from home.

"It would be nice to be there when my kids get off the bus and take them back and forth to daycare and things like that," Brotherton said. "Just be there in general in case I'm needed."

Believe or not, the stay-at-home job market is expanding in the Commonwealth, said Joshua Ball, the manager of Kentucky Teleworks.

"We're bringing in outside companies to invest in the human capital of eastern Kentucky," Ball said. "So people are not only going to work in the comfort of their own home, but for companies who otherwise would not make an investment."

"We are representing companies today like Cincinnati Bell, DirecTV, Amazon among others."

Jobs that would allow Brotherton to trade in her 60 hours per week as a respiratory therapist for more time with her five children, four of whom are at home.

For more information onother job fairs scheduled for the area, visit

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