Pair of job fairs brings out seekers seeking better living

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by Michelle Arnold, C.J. Daniels

WHAS11.com

Posted on September 10, 2013 at 7:59 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – Hundreds lined up Tuesday afternoon in hopes of landing a job in rough economic times.

Two job fairs were held today. One at the KFC Yum Center and one at Aldi grocery store on Preston Highway.

The cold hard truth – less than 100 jobs are up for grabs with the pay ranging from $8.50 to $19.50 an hour. The positions at the KFC Yum Center are seasonal and part-time.

Marquita Harvey put her best foot forward today, applying for a manager position at Aldi. Harvey says being unemployed weighs on her.

“It’s very hard to get a good job,” Harvey said. “[it] keeps away stress, pay my bills and live happy. That’s what I need to do.”

While others play the waiting game, Jacobe Daughtery faces a harsh reality. He was just released from prison and has hopes of getting a job at the Yum Center setting up and tearing down for special events.

“I’m trying to change my life. I’ve got my son. I’ve got custody of my son now so I’m trying to look for a new way of living.

For Sydney Spears, it’s much different. Spears has a job as a waitress but the tips aren’t enough. She wants to be a cashier at Aldi.

“I don’t want to depend on anyone else any more. I want to depend on myself,” she said.

Everyone throughout the job fair had one general goal – to pay their bills and to be secure financially.
 

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