The unemployment rate has dropped significantly and hundreds turned out in Thomasville Thursday to apply for the latest jobs on the market. Dennis Gandy was among the bevy of folks networking with employers at the 2004 Job Fair Thursday.
Gandy came two years ago and says there's about double the amount of businesses this year.
"There seems to be a lot more opportunities now then there was two years ago the economy seems to have picked up. It looks promising so I think from this I’ll be able to find something,” Gandy says.
The unemployment rate in southwest Georgia is down according to the state Department of Labor, and organizers say that's evident here with the more than 30 employers looking to hire and the hundreds of applicants showing interest.
“People filling out applications on the spot, in fact we ran out of space for them to fill out applications and we had to send them up to our snack area and that just tells me that our economy is turning around,” explains Joyce Halstead of the Southwest Georgia Technical College.
Lawanda Ellis agrees and says she saw the job fair as an opportunity to see what's on the horizon, "Thomasville is growing, I see they are building a lot of places and I feel like they have opportunities coming."
The state's labor commissioner says though the pace of job creation remains slow; Thursday’s job fair is a sure sign of things shaping up.
Businesses from Thomasville and Cairo were among the employers Thursday. Some folks were even interviewed on the spot for positions.