Congressman Cantor Hosts Local Job Fair
Over 3,000 people came to Deep Run High School in Short Pump yesterday looking for employment at a job fair hosted by Republican Congressman Eric Cantor. Craig Carper reports.
While Virginia has fared better than many other states, the unemployment rate in the Commonwealth stands at 7.1 percent compared to 9.5 percent at the national level and 7.6 percent in the Richmond area.
The job fair was the second hosted locally by Congressman Eric Cantor, who organized a similar event last summer in Chesterfield County. Cantor says there is still much work left to be done to get the economy back on track.
Cantor: We don’t see any small business growth in this country. Certainly in our area we know the way to get this economy back on track is to give small businesses a lifeline and to get confidence going again. Obviously, Government spending money doesn’t create jobs. This jobs fair is trying to match up people looking for employment to be hired.
Cantor has been outspoken about his opposition to the federal stimulus package and has suggested that unallocated stimulus dollars should be returned to pay down the deficit. Democrats point out that many of the participating companies at the job fair received hundreds of thousands to millions of dollars in aid from the stimulus package. Cantor refused to comment when asked about the issue.