Job Fair Stirs Reaction From Republican And Democratic Parties

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW)_ An annual event brought dozens of employers together under one roof looking to hire workers.

More than 900 people turned out for the free job fair. They could visit with nearly 70 companies looking to fill more than a thousand open positions.

Shelly Myers is a mother of 4 who has been unemployed for 3 months.

"It's been tough, you know, I haven't been unemployed for 30 years. The job market is a lot different. You have to know somebody to even get your application or your resume looked at," Shelly says.

She and dozens of other job seekers handed out their resumes at a job fair inside the Agriculture Hall at the Kansas Expocentre.

Republican Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins hosted the event.

"We have a 360 view, you've got every kind of opportunity possible, from health-care to manufacturing. We have about 70 businesses here today with people from all over the community and we have people pouring in," says Congresswoman Jenkins.

While Congresswoman Jenkins says the event helps those struggling with work, her presumed democratic opponent in the November election, Margie Wakefield told 13 News, "while there is certainly nothing wrong with matching existing jobs with people who need work, Lynn Jenkins has done nothing to create jobs and help struggling families in Kansas. Cutting taxes for the most wealthy Americans on the backs of students, seniors and struggling families is not the right direction for job creation."

Shelly is determined to find a job in management. She says it would mean the world to her to be employed again.

"Everything! I support everything so I kind of need a job," says Shelly.

This is the fifth year Jenkins has hosted a job fair. She said she hopes it leads to more Kansans landing quality jobs.