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Job seekers hope to find work at Ozark Job Fair

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Ozark, AL (WSFA) – Despite a recent decline in the unemployment rate in Alabama, there are plenty of people still struggling to find work.

Thursday, Congressman Bobby Bright teamed up with local businesses to try and help, hosting the Wiregrass Job Fair in Ozark.

With a college education, even a Master's Degree, Rodey Lee Butler never imagined he'd find himself at a job fair.

Butler said, "It's been really hard.  I thought that by going to school and working full time, I would rocket up to middle or upper management, but it really hasn't worked out that way for me."

So, he made the drive to the job fair from Brundidge.  He says he's willing to do whatever it takes to get back to work.

"Manual labor is not beneath me.  Whatever I can get into, I'd be more than happy to take it on," said Butler.

He and 300 others came out to the job fair at the Ozark Civic Center.

With resumes in hand, they put their best foot forward, hoping to meet their next employer.

Roberta James said, "I had a good experience.  I gave out a lot of resumes, so I was just very excited about it."

And while the job market still has a long way to recover, folks like Rodey Lee Butler are still keeping their heads high.

"I'm very hopeful," he said.

In all, the 25 companies represented at the job fair expect to hire around 200 people within the next 30 days.

Some of those companies include UPS, TroyCable, Southeast Alabama Medical Center, and the US Air Force.

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