Applicants attend Ashley job fair.

POSTED: Wednesday, February 3, 2010 - 9:15am

UPDATED: Thursday, February 25, 2010 - 11:35am

Hundreds of people turned out for an Ashley Furniture store job fair on Tuesday. With the current unemployment rate in Cameron county higher than the state average and applicants were hoping to survive the cut.

Some of the applicants that turned out to the job fair say the have been out of a job for months forcing them to cut back on luxury items, recreational activities and unfortunately falling behind on their bills. There are 30 positions open for employment and many applicants were interviewing for those positions.

Ashley Furniture representatives say this will be only the 16th store to open nationwide and the second in the Valley. The first location in McAllen opened last May and the company has high expectations to do well in the lower Valley. Gaylen Lang, Executive Director of Cameron County WorkForce Solutions, says the economic crisis has not discriminated against anyone and has left young and old struggling to find jobs.

The Ashley store will be located on Pablo Kissel at the old Circuit City building. New employees will go through a four week training period and the store hopes to open it's doors by March 6th.

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