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Job fair reveals ups, downs of local economy
Georgia Department of Labor Commissioner Mark Butler gets a tour of the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce job fair by chamber President/CEO Kit Dunlap. Hundreds of job seekers attended the event featuring more than 50 companies and industries.
As the nation’s job market sputtered in recent years, leaving millions of Americans without work, the stereotype of the low-wage, low-skilled deadbeat cashing unemployment checks became a bogeyman for America’s economic woes. But people like Mike Parker explode that myth. Parker, a Flowery Branch resident, was one of hundreds from Hall County and neighboring communities who attended the annual Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce’s job fair Wednesday at the Gainesville Civic Center, where some 50 employers were prospecting for qualified candidates.