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Clay Hosts 7th Annual Career Fair At Harris-Stowe

Brett Blume
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6/4/12-Cong. Lacy Clay speaks with a couple of the thousands of people in attendance at his 7th annual career fair at Harris-Stowe State University Monday. More than 1,000 job openings at St. Louis-area businesses were up for grabs. (KMOX/Brett Blume)

6/4/12-Cong. Lacy Clay speaks with a couple of the thousands of people in attendance at his 7th annual career fair at Harris-Stowe State University Monday. More than 1,000 job openings at St. Louis-area businesses were up for grabs. (KMOX/Brett Blume)

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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) –  Congressman Lacy Clay’s 7th annual Career Fair at Harris-Stowe State University Monday brought together job-seekers and area employers, with more than 1,000 job openings reportedly up for grabs.

Well over five times that many applicants turned out in ties, suit jackets and dresses, resumes in hand — among them, Sheila Mills.

“I’ve been looking for over a year now,” Mills explained. “It’s getting frustrating…very frustrating.”

She knows a lot of people competing for the same jobs are often supporting large families, something that doesn’t apply to her.

“My family’s grown,” she said, “but I have me to support.”

Also in attendance, wearing his finest suit and tie, was Carl Helenkamp.

Along with his stash of resumes he brought along plenty of optimism and positive vibes.

“If you want something bad enough you’ll go out and get it,” Helenkamp said. “I don’t believe in failure.”

And the jobs are out there, according to many of the employers KMOX News spoke with during the job fair.

Dave Moss is with the Missouri Department of Corrections, which had a table in the Harris-Stowe gym.

“We really have jobs available,” Moss confirmed. “Statewide we hire probably fifty to sixty people a month, in different positions. We are hiring.”

“You know, even though the recovery is making real progress unemployment is still too high,” Congressman Clay, host of the career fair, said during an opening address to all the job-seekers. “Too many people are still looking for a job. Good luck in your job search and may God bless you all.”

More than one hundred area firms and organizations were represented at the Harris-Stowe job fair, including Boeing, Express Scripts, Schnucks, the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, local police and fire departments…even KMOX and CBS Radio.

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