DAPHNE, Ala. (WALA) - J-O-B's
The promise of that word brought huge crowds to the annual Baldwin County Job Fair in Daphne and, with over 50 employers manning the tables, there was real work to be had.
CJ Lymon, told us,"I think it's great, surprised to see this many folks out of work."
Francis Patton, said, "It's a little bit overwhelming when you've been employed a long time and all of the sudden find yourself unemployed and searching for a job, but I'm enjoying the experience."
Real jobs to be had
Real jobs were on the table because our local outlook is real good.
Airbus is on the way, and local shipbuilders have large contracts. For peripheral companies like International Marine & Industrial Applicators, it's boom time.
Ben Griffith, with IMIA told us, "It's helping us expand a lot especially because some of the best workers we get are out of the southeast, our company has pretty much tripled in the past two or three years, tripled in size."
Blue collar, white collar
The economic good news expands beyond construction work. Opening in about a month, Laps Seafood on the Causeway has around 100 jobs to fill.
Theo Middleton with Laps said, "Different positions we're looking for. Anything from our bar and grill to our fresh seafood market we've got a convenience store and we've also got a small deli and a meat market."
All of this was great news for those on the hunt as they filled out applications and shook hands.
Jim Kilburn said, "Right now I'm looking for my foot in the door. Something I would like to do would be great."
Matthew Bankston told us, "It looks like it was a good outcome and everything. Hopefully I can get on and get a job."
Couldn't make it to Tuesday's job fair? Here are some links to employers who were at the job fair.
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