Philadelphia, Miss. Hundreds attended a job fair in Philadelphia on Thursday.
It all started with the applicants gathering at tables to fill out applications. Allied Locke Industries, Taylor Machine Works, and Richardson Molding are the companies looking to hire. The positions involve welding and electrical work to name a couple. People from Philadelphia and around the state of Mississippi gave it a shot in what is still being called a tough job market.
"It's tough," according to Gary Sumpter, who is looking for a job. "About everything available is entry level. Minimum wage no benefits. Part time, temporary. It's really hard to full time job to support your family on."
"Ever since we had an economic downturn in the economy, we still find that there are a lot of jobs that people need," Dianne Bells with MDES says. "We find that still there are a lot of companies that have gone out of business. But we can see a difference in the economy."
The jobs being offered at this job fair are more than just your basic, entry level jobs. A resume and specific skills are required. In addition to welding and electrical skills, applicants with experience in the computer numerical control, milling machine, and fork lift assembly fields are being sought. Job seekers are now just left hoping for the best.
"Looking for a new field," Sumpter says. "Some new companies coming in. See if we can help them out a little bit and see if we can help them grow in this community."
If you were not able to attend, you can contact the WIN Job Center in Meridian. The number is 601-483-1406.