LAFAYETTE, La (KLFY) – Job seekers from across Acadiana filled the Heymann Center Thursday in hopes of finding employment.
The 13th annual Acadiana Diversity Job Fair attracted a huge crowd way before things even got underway.
“A couple hours before the job fair was opened we had a long line of people already waiting,” said Randy Broussard with the Louisiana Workforce Commission.
Broussard says the job fair, which featured over 70 employers, was aimed at targeting diverse groups.
“Latinos, racial groups, women, and people with disabilities,” said Broussard.
Organizers expected twice as many people to turn out than last year.
“700 job seekers participated last year and we’re expecting even more than that, due to the fact that there are more people who are unemployed who have been laid off,” said Broussard.
Those are the very main reasons why several attendees took advantage of the event.
“I’m currently unemployed, been looking for a job for 3-4 months now,” said job seeker, Lane Richard.
“I think this is wonderful that they offer this to people like me that don’t have a job,” said job seeker, Robin Shirley.
The fair attracted not only the unemployed, but also students looking to land jobs upon graduation.
“I’m here with students from Centerville High School,” said Monica Phillips. “We came to let them experience different jobs they can get when they get out of high school.”
Job seekers say after the fair they’re feeling hopeful that they’ll soon land their next big gig.
“Its been a tough road, but things are coming along,” said Richard. “Its a very good job fair they have here, a lot of good opportunities.”
“I felt so comfortable, I didn’t feel challenged or intimidated. I just felt welcomed,” said Shirley. “So many people that I’ve bumped into in here have given me so much hope.”
“I know by the grace of God, by faith, with God’s unchanging hands, there will be a great opportunity and I will have a better job,” said job seeker, Regina Sells.
If you couldn’t make it out to the job fair–no worries. You can view a list of all the employers that were at the job fair and what they’re hiring for by clicking here.