Portage County Fair Draws Hundreds Looking for Jobs

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It's tough news for the city of Stevens Point.

The Copps/Roundy's Distribution center announced it will be laying off nearly 200 employees at a time when work is already hard to come by. But with many of those workers now looking for a new job, the timing of the Portage County Job Fair couldn't have been better.

"What it did is it brought in some of the employees from Roundy's," Portage County Business Council Director of Member Relations Mary Jo Monday said. "Those businesses that I did speak with that had the opportunity to interview some of the Roundy's employees said they are absolutely fantastic and very qualified for some of the jobs that they have open here."

More than 500 people checked out the fair Wednesday. Some are unemployed, while others are simply looking for a better career, like Travis Mackey, who is searching for a job in the IT field.

"The job market being as tough as it is, I've been probably looking for about a year or so now but I'm not going to give up on it because that's where my passion lies," he said.

Tony Pergossi majored in Computer Science and maintained good grades in college. As a recent graduate, he's been surprised at how hard it has been to find work.

"It's been tough since I've graduated," he said. "I haven't really found much so I'm looking farther and farther out. I actually come from Northern Illinois so this is a bit of a trip."

But with 48 different exhibitors, the Fair is giving those who attended a little bit of hope.

"I was getting worried nothing would come my way. Seeing and actually talking to people like this is a lot more personal than trying to do everything over the internet," Pergrossi said.

"It keeps you going," Mackey said. "You actually get to see what's out there and how motivated you can be for all these jobs that they have."

Overall, a chance that many people need to find work when times are still pretty tough.

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