200 Job Seekers Attend ‘Empowering Our Veterans’ Job Fair

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - Alabama's unemployment numbers released Friday come as good news to some. The drop in how many Alabamians are without a job could translate into an easier time for those looking for work. WHNT NEWS 19 talked with a couple of job seekers at a job fair catering to veterans.

Statistics from the U.S. Department of Labor show more than 840,000 veterans are looking for jobs. Some are our neighbors in the Tennessee Valley.

"It seems like if you apply for one job out there, probably 300-400 are applying for the same job," said Army Veteran Derrick Pelt.

Pelt is one of hundreds who meet face to face with employers at the Empowering Our Veterans' job fair in Huntsville.

Crystal Juengel, whose husband is a veteran, has looked for work since April 2012.

"I have in over 35 resumes right now and have not had the first interview," said Juengel.

That's in the last two weeks. Alabama reported a drop in its unemployment rate. Juengel is not impressed.

"It's still a little bit high to be honest with you. The job market seems like there are a lot of jobs, but it doesn't seem like there are many for entry level positions," said Juengel.

She and Pelt are motivated.

"It's very encouraging. I definitely think the veterans get a lot of help out here," added Pelt.

Organizers registered more than 200 people for the job fair. Dozens of employers, including WHNT NEWS 19, took part in the fair.