Thursday, August 24, 2006
From Dallas Morning News.com: Recently, Dallas held an ex-felon job fair at the Martin Luther King Jr. Convention Center. Attendance, estimated in the thousands, overwhelmed the fair's 10 employers and its roster of faith-based groups and firms that help former felons clean up their records. Many of those who attended expressed gratitude for the job fair but lamented the small number of would-be employers and the types of jobs being offered.
Less than 10 percent of employers invited to the fair took part. The number of employers was so small that as people sweated outside and inside the recreation center, an occasional voice would come over the public address system asking people to leave the building so others could get access to the businesses.
"Look, I don't need a job at a Tom Thumb or Waffle House," said Leroy Johnson, one of the attendees. "Most of these businesses are just taking applications." Rest of Article. . . [Mark Godsey]