The Dow may be down, but employers here in West Texas say job openings are up. Today's South Plains Job Fair brought in more than 65 businesses, all eager to hire West Texans. About 1,100 job applicants visited booths set up at the Memorial Civic Center today. Employers say this year's turnout seemed smaller than last year's, but the majority of businesses are still hiring for about the same number of open positions.
"It seems like we have a little less traffic. We've probably got more positions open than we did last year though so that's a positive. We don't anticipate down-sizing or less number of job opportunities," says HEADSTART employer Andy Cates.
"We need the people, especially with football season around here. That's our biggest season right now," says Raising Cane's employer Stephanie Valadez.
There was a smaller number of job booths at Wednesday's fair compared to last year's, but the employers present today were accepting applications and eager to find new employees.