LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - With the economy improving in East Texas, many Angelina County residents were out in full force Tuesday at the Forest Country Job Fair.
Job searchers came eager to impress for the estimated 800 local jobs that need to be filled.
Robbie Walker "Recently we have gotten a lot of calls from companies in Lufkin and Angelina County that are looking to hire," said Robbie Walker of Express Employment.
"Yes we are still hiring," said Doug Holland of Lufkin Industries. "Just a vast array of positions. We've got professional positions as well as skilled positions."
"We're always looking for good people to fill in for the jobs we have open so we're consistently looking for good people," said Rodney Ivy, the human resources director of the City of Lufkin.
Employers on site believe based on the last several job reports that job searchers need to stay confident and that events like this help.
"Looking at somebody and saying we have something that fits for you, you see the confidence in the smile," Walker said.
"Keep confident and continue looking and calling in once a week helps," said Jamie Floyd of 1st Choice Personnel.
The job fair was a welcome sight for many but none more than recent college graduates.
"It gives us the opportunity to see that everybody else is searching for someone and it lets us put a face with a company," said Kimberly Thomas, a recent graduate from Lone Star College.
"It gives you an opportunity to go around and compare," said Mark Hutto, a recent SFA graduate. "You do have everybody talking about how bad it is but you do still have opportunities."
Opportunities job searchers hope to land.