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Kennewick Career Fair Represents Change in Job Market

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KENNEWICK, Wash. - Hundreds of people turned out for a career fair in Kennewick Thursday. But organizers said the fair was more than just people looking for jobs.

A representative from WorkSource Columbia Basin said the 45 companies present at the fair asked WorkSource to put it together. And that's not how it's been done in the past.

A spokesperson for WorkSource said it represents a change in the job market.

"We have less job seekers per opening. We still have plenty, but we don't have as many as we did six years ago," said Candice Bluechel, Business Services, WorkSource Columbia Basin.    

Bluechel said our area has grown, more companies are here, and businesses simply can't expect to get by offering minimum wage.

Job seekers looked at positions ranging from food servers to child psychiatrists.