• Hundreds turn out for second day of Walmart job fair

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    Hundreds of people showed up Wednesday to apply for jobs with the new Walmart that's slated to open this fall on Independence Boulevard.

    The job fair runs until 6 p.m. Wednesday and is being held at the Fairfield Inn and Suites on Independence Boulevard.

    A line of applicants stretched around the corner of the building on Wednesday afternoon. Job seekers ranged from GED holders to candidates with master's degrees.

    "In this economy, it's been a challenge, but my mind has been positive, knowing that things will turn out," job seeker Black Wilson said.

    Walmart officials said 1,500 people have applied for approximately 300 positions. Store manager Rodney Hatley said the store will be hiring both full- and part-time associates. Interested applicants can also apply online.

    North Carolina's unemployment rate is above 10 percent. Many job seekers said they want President Obama to discuss a specific strategy for job creation when he addresses the nation on Thursday.

    Some blamed the trouble in the job market on a lack of cooperation between Obama and Congress.

    "They just need to come to an agreement and do it," job seeker Shameeka Hames said.

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