State sponsored job fair in downtown Tucson

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TUCSON, Ariz. -- Many Americans are still out of work, including a high number of residents here in Southern Arizona.

Wednesday, more than 40 local companies were looking to hire qualified people at job fair downtown.

The ballroom at the Tucson City Center Inn Suites was buzzing with people looking to get hired.

Employers received hundreds of resumes from potential employees.

"It's just another opportunity to pretty much come down here and see what's available.  I heard about this and decided to come down here and give it a shot," said prospective employee Michael Sawyer.

Michael Sawyer has been looking and applying for the last two years.  Searching ads and making calls just looking for anybody to give him an opportunity to work.

"It's just a numbers game you know depending on people's needs the computer industry is a wide open field everybody is going to need work as along as there's computers running," said Sawyer.

The Department of Economic security and Arizona workforce connection put on the career fair.

They say, a job fair like this keeps people motivated to look for work.

"All of the 45 employers here today are hiring.  They have big vacancies and so it's a perfect time to try and connect the job seekers in Tucson with the employers that are hiring," said Peggy Feenan from the Arizona Department of Economic Security.

Sawyer is hoping one of the local businesses will hire him right on the spot.

"It would be such a blessing right now.  Two years out of work, going to school you get kind of rusty and you want to get back to work and start living life," said Sawyer.

Forty-five companies were represented at the career fair and there were more than 1700 job seekers.

Next month the DES and Arizona Workforce will hold another job fair for veterans, but any job seekers are welcome to attend.

More info on the next job fair.