Grizzlies Job Fair Has Surprising Turn-out

January 31, 2009 6:16:11 PM PST
There's a sense of desperation among some job seekers. Hundreds of them lined the streets of Downtown Fresno this morning for part-time, minimum wage jobs for the upcoming Grizzlies season.The line was so long this Saturday morning that employees here at Chukchansi Park had to open the doors early for their annual job fair. They're looking for people to do everything from serving food to picking up bats.

Jobs, people we spoke to said...they'd be lucky to get.

The line around Chukchansi Park stretched two blocks long Saturday morning. From the looks of it, you'd think the Grizzlies home opener came a few months early.

But, these weren't fans...they were job seekers...the reality of a growing unemployment rate in a declining economy.

Randy Fernandez was laid off as a construction worker back in September. He joins a long list of people, with all types of experience who are looking for work.

Chukchansi Park has 100 part-time positions to fill. The jobs will pay eight-dollars an hour and last from April until the end of August. It's an opportunity people here say is too good to be true.

The job fair only lasted about two hours. Employees here tell us they interviewed 250 people in the first hour alone. With the Grizzlies and Fuego home games combined, chosen applicants will work 80 nights this upcoming season.

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