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Iowa job fairs attract hundreds

DES MOINES (KWWL) -- More than 667,000 people filed for unemployment last week alone. That's the most since 1982.

It's much of the same story in Iowa. More than 40,000 Iowans filed new claims for unemployment in January. That's 75% more than January 2008. More than 80,000 Iowans are currently on unemployment, up 45% from this time last year.

That's one reason a job fair in Des Moines drew more than 500 people this week. Everyone who came is searching for the right job. Ramona Campos has been looking for a job for 7 months.

"I'm looking for a clerical position after a massive layoff at Citigroup," Campos said.

Everyone who comes here has a story like Nathan Davenport.

"I was working for hubbell realty as director of I.T. and due to changes in the market, they let me go," he said.

With his computer skills, Davenport found work again, but was laid off again from the new job in January.

"that's the way life is right now, a struggle, keep hope, faith and pray hard," Davenport said.

Younger and older workers wait patiently in line hoping a recruiter will find them the right fit. You're advised to bring your resume and do your research before attending a job fair.

"Know the companies, what you're looking for so if they ask you, you can be a match for employers," recommends Kristi Judkins with Iowa Workforce Development. "Look in the mirror and show professionalism."

Showing a positive attitude also helps.

"Doors will open, you just need to have positive attitude and mentality," said Davenport.

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