Brett Blume (@brettblumekmox)By Brett Blume

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – They poured through the entrance to the Emerson Performing Arts Center, résumés in hand.

The scene was Harris Stowe State University, and the event was Congressman Lacy Clay’s annual job fair.

“The economy is improving, but what has to improve is wages and salaries,” Clay says.

Among the hopefuls was Teneshia Cruz, who made sure to keep her energy up as she moved from table to table, speaking with prospective employers.

“I have a whole bunch of résumés and everything,” she says. “I’m just trying to get into any and everything. I could have two, three, four jobsit doesn’t matter. I’m just trying to get my foot in the door.”

Ryan Hollingsworth just got his degree, and says he’s been running into a Catch-22 situation while trying to land a job.

“They say I need two years’ experience, but I just got out of school, so I need the experience,” he says.

More than 5,000 job hunters came out to talk with representatives from more than 100 local businesses, including Ameren, Boeing and even KMOX.

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