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The City of Glens Falls hosted a job fair that organizers hope will attract more people to the area. As our Brooke Selby explains, they're hoping it will keep more people in the area as well.

GLENS FALLS, N.Y. -- Elizabeth Pelkey of Hudson Falls needs a job.

Pelkey said, “I have been looking around for quite some time and I haven't been employed since 2008."

Glens Falls has had the second highest rate of recovery since the recession, but they're also facing the highest unemployment rate in the state. The State Department of Labor says more than two thirds of the jobs lost in New York during the recession were in three sectors: Trade, transportation and utilities, professional and business services and manufacturing.

According to Ed Bartholomew from the City of Glens Falls, "Despite aggressive increases in employment in our region, still many remain out of work."

A job fair held in Glens Falls may be the answer many of the unemployed problems. There's been growth in many industries, including business services, education, health and tourism.

Bartholomew said, "Part of the Governor’s initiative in partnership with New York Works, Department of Labor and the greater Glens Falls were providing an opportunity for those that are out of work to come to Glens Falls Civic Center and see what jobs are available."

Even with GlobalFoundries just miles away from Glens Falls, the employers at the fair showcased jobs openings in health care, finance, engineering and retail, not the chip fab industry.

Lindsay Irish represents Saint Gobain Performance Plastics of Granville where, "We have an instrument electronics position that we are looking to fill on our third shift in our maintenance department and we are also looking for a site comptroller at our facility."

Some said they're glad the fair was in Glens Falls, so they can focus on employment without relocating.

Tom Shelley of Lake George said, "I am looking for someone or something that I can stay around. I am 43 years old now. I'd like to find a job maybe I could retire from, maybe in this area, because this is where I grew up versus always leaving."

The City of Glens Falls hopes these kinds of fairs will help the city grow in a stagnant economy.

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