Mayor's job fair attracts 3,000 job seekers

by: Tina Terry Updated:


CHARLOTTE - Saturday, nearly 3,000 people in Charlotte searched for a job at the first-ever Mayor's Job Fair. 

They met with more than 80 companies and about 51 people were actually hired on the spot.

Wesi Komson was one of the attendees.

"It's pretty hard finding a job actually…where to find it is the question and where to look," he said.

The job fair was put together by the city and Mayor Patrick Cannon. It aimed to connect eager job seekers with more than 750 open positions.

Last month Eyewitness News told viewers unemployment in NC was at its lowest point in five years. The Charlotte-area rate was 6.6 percent this past December. It was at 9.4 percent the year before.

Organizers said Saturday's attendance proves lots of people are still desperate for jobs.

"They took their Saturday morning. A lot of people were here earlier than I got here," said one employer. 

Komson is studying information technology and graduates in just a few months. He hopes the job fair gives him an edge when it's time to find work.

"The opportunity to meet so many employers, speak with them directly and find out what they are looking for," said Komson.