Hundreds flock to job fair in Columbus

By 11 Wednesday morning, more than 600 people had gone through the line at a job fair at the Marriott Hotel in downtown Columbus. The job fair began at 9 a.m. and will last until 4 p.m.

Valley Hospitality Inc. is hiring 125-150 people for food-service positions at the new National Infantry Museum. The line of hopefuls stretched out the back of the hotel at Front Avenue and Ninth Street and into the rear parking lot, almost reaching Eighth Street.

Jim Hunsinger, employment marketing representative for the Georgia Department of Labor, said crowds at the limited number of job fairs he sees are growing.

“Unfortunately the lines are getting longer,” he said.

Asked what types of people he was seeing, Hunsinger replied, “A lot of unemployed … from places like Cessna and every other place that is laying off.”