KCRA: NorCal job seekers hopeful for more pay in near future, Central Valley Job Fair draws 1,000

Sep 25, 2013 Issues: Economy and Jobs

MODESTO, Calif. (KCRA) —About 1,000 people turned up at the Central Valley Job Fair, held in Modesto on Wednesday afternoon.

Forty-two employers from the San Joaquin Valley attended the fair at the Modesto Centre Plaza.

The event, hosted by Congressman Jeff Denham and the Alliance Worknet, is the second of its kind this year.

Even though organizers said the economy is improving, they added, Stanislaus County still has a 12 percent unemployment rate.

Job seekers said they are hoping to make more money as their base pay, considering the news of California employers increasing minimum wage from $8 to $10 by 2016.

Karen Markum, who was laid off three months ago, said she's been earning a little more than minimum wage for the past eight years at the same job.

It was hard to get by, Markum said.

She's now looking for a job with better pay and benefits, so she can eventually retire.

More than 800 people pre-registered for the event.

Target, JC Penney, Blue Diamond, and California Natural Products are among the companies interviewing applicants.