State Farm hiring more than 600 people

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By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey

PHOENIX -- Hundreds of better-paying jobs are up for grabs. State Farm is looking for candidates for a wide range of positions.

Applicants said they normally would expect to see dozens of jobs for entry-level positions, but right now, there are also higher-paying I.T. jobs available.

"I was definitely not going to pass it up today," said Leah Williams, who is unemployed.

Williams said she's been out of work for a year. "It's a struggle not being able to provide for your family like you want to," she said.

She has four kids. One of them has special needs. "He takes a great portion of attention,” said Williams.

She's going back to school to be a social worker while trying to find a job.

"I’m looking for stability,” said Williams.

She's at the State Farm career fair, hoping to land one of the more than 600 jobs up for grabs.

"Definitely gives me hope that I could be one of those 600,” said Williams.

"There are some entry-level positions available, but there are also I.T. positions that are different than entry-level call center," said Jennifer Mendelsshon with State Farm.

Chris Camacho with the Greater Phoenix Economic Council said there's been an increase in these higher-paying jobs in the Valley.

"I’m really seeing jobs created in three sectors certainly anchored with State Farm's announcement in the growth in financial services sector, Healthcare and a growing side for informational technologies industry," said Camacho.

That’s something I.T. applicant John Macbride is looking forward to.

"They've got quite a bit of job openings, so I'm going to keep my hopes up. I'm sure something will come along," said Macbride.