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Jobs picture looking good on South Plains

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Updated: 4/23/2013 9:25 pm
Resumes in hand, hundreds flocked to the Civic Center Tuesday hoping to land a job. 

The South Plains Job Fair, hosted by Workforce Solutions, paired them 83 employers looking to hire. From Chicken Express to Auto Zone, businesses were ready to take applications and fill positions. Our region's unemployment rate remains below the state and national average. 

"We figure that at 5.3 percent, about 3 percent are actually actively looking at employment at all times," Martin Aguirre, CEO of Workforce Solutions South Plains, said. "A couple of percentage points are in transition. They have taken jobs or they are coming out of a work situation. So they are just in transition."

Based on the employer turnout, a record for this job fair, Lubbock is a good place to find work. 

At the Workforce Solutions Annual Employers Awards, in conjunction with the job fair, Iraq war veteran Josh Bleill was the guest speaker. 

Bleill joined the Marines after 9/11. He fought in Iraq, losing his legs in 2006 from a roadside bomb. Since then, he's made it his mission to travel the country to spread his message of hope. Bleill said he knows firsthand the difficulties of landing a job. 

"Getting out of the Marine Corps and having no prospects, and when I got a job with the Colts it changed my life," Bleill said. "So I know how stressful it can be without one, but how important it is. How important what all these people do for a living is for Texas."

In addition to his motivational speaking, Bleill is the community spokesperson for the Indianapolis Colts.
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