Over 2,000 job-seekers attend job fair in ScottsdalePosted: Updated:
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- There has been a lot of debate over whether or not the economy is bouncing back, but the showing at Monday's job fair at the Talking Stick Resort shows there is still a long way to go.
Talking Stick Resort and Casino Arizona hosted the fair Monday afternoon, hoping to fill approximately 100 jobs. Positions ranged from cooks to housekeepers, massage therapists to security detail.
By 10 a.m., the line started with Sandy Tong, who didn't want to chance waiting too late in the day to line up. She recently moved to the area and says her job search has been unsuccessful up to now.
In the last hour before the doors to the job fair opened, job seekers wound around a long hallway and out into another.
Some were shocked at the amount of people and possible competition, but others noted that this is now part of searching for a job in 2011.
For August, the state of Arizona's unemployment rate sits at 9.4 percent. The Valley's rate is 9 percent. Both sit on either side of the national average, 9.1 percent.
Talking Stick staff estimated more than 2,000 people would show up to apply for the 100 open positions.
Applicants dropped off resumés with resort representatives. The next step will be follow-up full interviews to be scheduled at a later date.