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Mt. Vernon's 7th annual 'Job Search Party'

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MT. VERNON -- Southern Illinoisan job seekers gathered for the 7th annual Job Search Party in Mt. Vernon.

Hundreds attended the event held at the Mt. Vernon Double Tree. Organizers called it a success.

"So the community support has been great," said Corey Phillips, Rend Lake College Director of Marketplace. "I feel like we have basically every sector covered, between retail, construction, healthcare, mechanical type jobs."

The job fair aimed to reduce unemployment and help people find opportunities. 

"You get a very wide variety of people not to mention the different vendors that are here," said Wendy Kohn, from Anchor Home Health Care.

This comes after the state's unemployment rate dipped from 4.8 to 4.7 percent in February, the lowest it's been since April 2007. Meantime, the Carbondale/Marion metro area lost 900 jobs, according to the Illinois Department of Employment Security.

"I know [the unemployment rate] is on the way down nationally and in the state so that's good, but I know it's still something that we're going to fight probably in this area until the trends that we're seeing now continue to flourish," Phillips said.

There were over 50 vendors at the career fair.

"You gotta have something that's going to excite that person to come work for you," said Randall Dauby, CEO of Pickneyville Community Hospital.

Business leaders hope to both recruit and raise awareness.

"That is our main purpose in life so we do let people know that we do exist and that there is help out there to assist them with employment options," said Marcus Deamer, Employment Resource Specialist at Division of Rehabilitation Services.

For more information on job opportunties, visit the Rend Lake College Employment Opportunities page.

The event was sponsored by Rend Lake College, WSIL-TV, Withers Broadcasting Companies and Dana Communications Corp.

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