GROTON, Conn. (WTNH)-- Thousands of folks across the state are in need of a job and Tuesday an event in Groton was held to help them get back on their feet.
Whether it's good advertising or just a good amount of people in need of work, the job fair in Groton was busier than most expected.
Folks line up for a chance to work, an opportunity worth this wait.
When asked how long she'd been waiting, Kelly Brillhart, Groton said, "about twenty minutes."
"I didn't think it was going to be this bad," said Leah Blaise, Quaker Hill.
Leah Blaise is looking for a job in manufacturing.
"I like to work with my hands," said Blaise.
She was laid off last year.
When asked how it has been for trying to look for a job, Blaise said,"very difficult with somebody that's over sixty. It's not easy. But you still have bills to pay. Oh yeah, cause I lost my husband at the same time so."
Inside were folks of all ages and all levels of experience
"I also worked at state of Connecticut Social Services," said a woman.
"I work for Habitat for Humanity because I like to give back," said a man.
"I've done silk screening and punching," said Blaise.
Blaise's first stop - Seconn Fabrication. One of 16 employers at the job fair.
Inside there are a few other long lines. The folks there are hoping to talk to someone from Foxwoods casino. Other folks are waiting for Backus Hospital.
"All of our employers seem to have multiple job openings," said Christine Neves, The Day.
"They are hiring in some positions that I"m interested in so I have to fill out the application," said Blaise.
Blaise may be nearing her golden years but she, like those just starting out in the workforce, still has to pay the bills.
"You got taxes, and heating, and food," said Blaise.
There have been several job fairs at the Groton Inn & Suites over the past few years but this one was so busy they had someone who appeared to be from the kitchen staff letting only a certain amount of people in at a time so it wouldn't get overcrowded.
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