Some job seekers desperate, but optimism persists

October 29, 2010  |  

(AJC) — By the time she came to a Goodwill job fair in Duluth last week, Laura Martinez had been unemployed six days.  Her wide smile belied her concern about how, as a single mother, she would provide for her 5-year-old son.  “It’s pretty scary,” said the 24-year-old former marketing director for a property management firm. “No one else is going to pay the bills other than me.”   Nonetheless, Martinez and others who looked for jobs at one of the 27 booths set up in a partitioned-off corner of a Goodwill store that day said they were optimistic, despite their circumstances. Their experiences are in some ways indicative of what job seekers are seeing at the dozens of  job fairs taking place across metro Atlanta this year.

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