At 7:30 a.m. today, T.J. Farley arrived at the Georgia Department of Labor's Columbus Career Center hoping for a chance.
The 48-year-old Phenix City man has been unemployed since early May. Though paychecks have stopped coming in, the bills haven't for his household, which includes his wife, two children and one grandchild.
"Unemployment, you can't pay bills with that," he said.
Farley joined at least 1,000 people in line for the NCR Corp. job fair at the career center. The office had expected a huge crowd, said center manager Dianne Jenkins.
Around 10:30 a.m., the line snaked around the center's parking lot and down Veterans Parkway close to the intersection of Eighth Street.
By that time, Farley had been waiting about three hours. He'd made it to the corner of Seventh Street and Veterans Parkway.
With his machine operator experience, Farley said he hoped he could snag one of the 53 manufacturing jobs the center was screening for.
"I feel good about it," he said. "Hopefully, they feel good about it."
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