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Knapheide job fair draws crowd

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Being unemployed is difficult for families across the tri-states, but especially during the holiday season when gift giving is all around us.

But some people's fortune may turn around for the new year thanks to a Knapheide job fair held in Quincy Saturday.

A line of people hoping to fill one of the open spots Knapheide Manufacturing has available waited for the doors to open.

Jason Shaw was one of the out-of-work hopefuls that interviewed at Manpower's Knapheide job fair Saturday.

Shaw said he's been out of work since July 27 and even though he recently earned a certificate at Vatterott, he said finding work has been tough.

"Trying to get in to get some work and things like that was a little bit of a struggle, little bit of a task," said Shaw.

Shaw said he wants to land one of the mechanical jobs at Knapheide, because he thinks trade work is a stable career to pursue in this economy.

"Trades I believe are the backbones to America. Electrical work is sound and someone is always going to need electrical work done," said Shaw.  

Manpower branch manager, Erica Anders said today's job fair brought out 100 job candidates, which wasn't nearly as many as last month's fair.

But Anders said they still need more workers.

"We have a large order that we are trying to gear up for and we were very successful at the last one and we still have positions we're looking to fill," said Anders.

Shaw landed a second interview next week and says hearing the words "you're hired" would be exactly what he needs for the new year.

"It would help out a ton. To be able to have something to provide and to do what a man is supposed to do which is provide for his family," said Shaw.  

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