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Scott opens employment doors in 13th District

By Justin Boron

Thirteenth District U.S. Congressman David Scott is holding up a massive help wanted sign in College Park Friday. It comes in the form of a job fair with employment prospects of more than 100 businesses.

Job seekers ranging from professional to the service industry can attend. The only prerequisites are ambition, a resume, and to be dressed for success, Scott said.

Some of the employers that will be present include FedEx, AirTran, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, the U.S. Postal Service, Delta Air Lines and several city and county governments.

The fair is intended to give citizens of Clayton County and the 13th Congressional District a boost toward future employment by giving them access to the people who do the hiring, Scott said.

"We want to turn over every stone we can . . . to maximize their success to get jobs," Scott said.

The event comes a month after metro Atlanta added 13,200 jobs signaling a modest improvement in the local labor market.

Statistics from last month showed a small decline in the unemployment rate from 5.2 percent to an even 5 percent.

The unemployment rate in Clayton County is close to 6 percent, according to a February Georgia Labor Market analysis.

An even tighter job market is expected for the summer months, Lynn Franco, director of the New York-based Conference Board's Consumer Research Center, told the Associated Press.

The so-so outlook makes efforts like the job fair all the more important for the local community, which Scott said stressed job creation in his town hall meetings with constituents.

However, Scott said he can't promise people jobs once they get to the fair.

But it is certainly the place to start for those out of work, those looking to change careers, or young people searching for summer employment, he said.

"This is going to make Clayton County a better place and a richer place," he said.