LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - The annual Forest Country Job Fair had a larger crowd than in years past.
This year, the fair was moved to a new venue and more tables were added for employers after several companies announced layoffs over the past several months. The biggest amount of the layoffs came from General Electric, which announced over 500. The job fair attracted over 70 employers.
"Arrangements had to be made in order to accommodate a larger flow of employers and job seekers," said Sandra Rodriguez with Workforce Solutions. "We are trying to help out the community. I have to commend the city of Lufkin and the Chamber of Commerce for allowing us to partner with them for the job fair."
The organizers wanted to focus on the recent GE layoffs and had several employers on hand just for them.
I-corp came in from Beaumont just to look for laid-off machinists.
"We figured they would have some machinist on hand," Angela Chessnutt said. "Also, it's good to get our name out on any other position we would hire for at any other time."
Georgia Pacific was also on hand to pick up laid off workers.
"A lot of them have mobile equipment experience, so they have some of the maintenance background that would be beneficial to us," Angie Summerall said.
The laid-off workers who showed up said the event came at the perfect time for them.
"It's real important because jobs are a little scarce right now, and I need all the help I can get," Wayne Laubner said.
"It's important, especially when you have a wife and bills at home," Stephen Rice said. "You got to makes ends meet. You got to find that next job."