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DANVILLE -- The unemployment rate in town is higher than what it was last year, but at least one organization is looking to put some people back to work.
DANVILLE -- The unemployment rate in town is higher than what it was last year, but at least one organization is looking to put some people back to work. The public works department held a first job fair for seasonal workers. More than 100 people came to fill out applications. WCIA-3's Anthony Antoine has the story.

"I've been looking for a couple months now. It's not a lot of availability out there right now."

That's why 19-year old Connor Maxwell Harvey and his dad came to the public works department for its first job fair.

"He needs to know the quality of putting in a good day's work."

John Maxwell Harvey is a longtime resident. He's seen the changes to the city.

"There use to be tons of factory jobs."

But, a lot of them aren't here anymore. That's helped push the unemployment rate from 11.9% to 12.5%.

"With the unemployment rate as high as they are, you got to start somewhere."

It's a seasonal start which could become permanent.

"If, in fact, we're looking for a full-time employee, then we would go look for those people who are on our auxiliary or seasonal employees."

And the face-to-face interaction gives Maxwell Harvey an opportunity to separate himself.

"It gives you a kind of an idea of what you want to go in to and it gives you a chance to show yourself because you can't really get everything off a piece of paper. Something you can only get from person-to-person."

"Love seeing people here and that's a great thing for the town."

More than 50 people will be hired in the next month. Pay starts at $8.50 - $10.00, but goes up based on experience.
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