WOOD COUNTY, W.Va.-(WTAP) Not all of the people looking for jobs are laid off or unemployed. Some are just getting into the job market for the first time.
"It's really been difficult, because you have to find a job, you have to find what school you're going to, you have to pay for it," says Savannah Taylor-Pesko, a high school senior. "It's really hard to figure out all at once."
Savannah is looking for a job in the culinary field. At the WVU-Parkersburg job fair Wednesday, she visited several types of employers who may be looking for meal preparers.
This year's fair, co-sponsored by U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, comes at a time when the economy appears to be picking up, after years of slow or no growth.
It also comes as manufacturers, like Hino Motors and Solvay, have recently announced expansion plans.
"People have to understand, pick yourself up, There's opportunity," Manchin said. "There's jobs everywhere; people are looking for jobs. And there's people wanting to hire good West Virginians."
Savannah, from Calhoun County, is just beginning. Others have been looking for a long time. These days, that's the rule instead of the exception.
"As long as I keep trying, I think I will (find a job), Savannah says. "But if I give up in the middle of trying, I won't make it."