DENISON, TX-- Texoma resident Gary Nix wants a job closer to home. He is currently employed in Dallas, but his 12 MPG truck is hurting his wallet.
"I'm going around see who's hiring for anything in the future. Also, meet and greet some people and you never know, in the future you may be working with them."
Grayson College sponsored their annual career fair, with help from Workforce Solutions Texoma and the Southern Oklahoma Workforce Board. 36 area employers accepted applications from students and other job seekers around the area.
"A bunch of students and job seekers came through today. So students can network and find out job opportunities in the area and definitely get employed and fill those employers needs," said, Gretchen Huff, Grayson College, job position specialist.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Oklahoma has a 6.1% unemployment rate and Texas is at 7.3%. Both states are better than the nationwide 8.3% unemployment rate.
"If people are looking for work, there are really a lot of opportunities out there. And we've seen a steady increase in the number of hiring in the last several months, so the trend is that things are starting to look a little bit better in the job market and continue too," said, Bob Rhoden, from Workforce Solutions Texoma.
Nix said he's thankful for networking opportunities like this one. He walked away with a job interview and filled out many applications.
"When you get this type of turnout and this amount of people from different skills is great. That way the employer knows what's out there. It helps you out, as far as knowing what employers are out there, also. Like I hadn't heard of Cardinal Glass before I came out here, well now I have."