Hundreds attend job fair in Menlo Park

October 3, 2009 6:31:57 PM PDT
Hundreds of people in need of work showed up at a job fair in Menlo Park Saturday.

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Representatives of 30 different companies were there to recruit, including PG&E, Kaiser Permanente and Sequoia Hospital. Some of the jobseekers talked about how hard it is just to get a foot in the door.

"It's very difficult right now to search for work, especially since there isn't a lot of human-to-human contact. Most of your job applications are all done online, so it's more difficult to set yourself apart when you're doing everything through the internet," one fair attendee told ABC7.

The unemployment rate in San Mateo County is at 9 percent, a little lower than the statewide average of 12 percent. 12,300 Californians lost their jobs in August according to the most recent figures from the Employment Development Department.

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