TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - Hundreds of job seekers converged on the Kansas Expocentre Friday morning, resumes in hand.
Nearly 70 employers set up shop at Agriculture Hall for U.S. Rep. Lynn Jenkins' fourth annual jobs fair. Goodyear, Mars, Frito Lay, Payless, Security Benefit and more stood ready to fill openings.
The event's hostess was not there. Jenkins remained in Washington, where Congress faces a midnight Monday deadline to avoid a partial government shutdown.
Job fair attendee Paul Kosmala says he is retired and receiving a pension, but still is looking for a job because of the risings costs of everything from food and clothing to taxes and entertainment options. He said he fears a failure to compromise on a measure to keep the government operating could hurt people already struggling.
Speaking with 13 News via satellite Friday morning, Jenkins said a lot of people are working to ensure a compromise is reached. She said she and her colleagues are doing all they can to ensure vital services are provided for.
Approximately 900 people turned out for Friday's job fair.