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Apply for State Fair jobs starting Monday

Posted October 7, 2008

— People who want to apply for jobs at this year’s State Fair can begin applying Oct. 13 through the North Carolina Employment Security Commission at the state fair grounds, officials announced Tuesday.

The ESC office is at Gate 10, at the intersection of Blue Ridge and Trinity roads. The office will be open from noon to 5 p.m. on the first day, and then from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. through the last day of the fair.

The State Fair runs Oct. 16-26.

“For those people seeking part-time work, the State Fair can be a tremendous opportunity,” ESC Chairman Harry E. Payne Jr. said in a statement.

A Social Security card and picture identification may be required to work for a fair vendor, officials said.

For more information, contact Andy James or Larry Parker at the ESC’s Public Information Office at 919-733-4329.

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  • fishnett5977 Oct 8, 8:15 a.m.

    irishale, I do feel for you. Use to be that the "last hired was first fired/laid off" but now they go after the ones making the big bucks. My hubby got caught in that too - because he was on the high end of the pay scale. But it is what it is, and we deal with it. irishale I wish u much luck in finding another job! Times are tough now, but I think things are fixin' to get tougher....

  • irishale Oct 7, 6:54 p.m.

    wow, CodeBlueEMT... you've got it all figured out! You should run for president!!!

    Maybe we just double the size of the State Fair... and maybe make it last all year... maybe we could solve the unemployment problems in NC. (sarcasm, in case anybody missed it)

    Personally, I'm victim of being TOO successful... rose too high in my pay grade, so when the time came to cut costs... do you think they get the least senior person first? Nope. They get the one that they pay the most.

  • mondosinistro Oct 7, 6:13 p.m.

    Everyone, especially CodeBlueEMT, should keep one thing in mind, and that is that not everyone receiving unemployment benefits is totally unemployed. It might not even be a majority, I don't know. In fact, you could easily be working 40 hr/wk and still make little enough to get something. With the earning allowance, for any week you must exceed 60% of your maximum income of the *highest* quarter of your base period to not get any benefits for that week.

  • fishnett5977 Oct 7, 5:18 p.m.

    but what is the use if your money goes in the gas tank and not to feed your family? There is more to this than anyone can guess UNLESS you have been there yourself. I agree to help yourself but just to go 50 or 100 miles one way to a job that pays not much more than mimium wage(depends on the job also)seems to be defeating the purpose, doesnt it? You get a job, you make money to feed your family pay the bills and get the gas to go back to work. Not to get gas to go to work, go to work go to work... When his runs out, and it will shortly, then it will be really tough at our house - but I've been poor all my life and will die that way I am sure. Poor in money but honey I have all the love and support of my family and friends - that might NOT pay the bills but it makes life better in more ways than one! :) I am a survivor - of cancer AND life!! :)

  • SouthernLady05 Oct 7, 4:58 p.m.

    "but who can afford to travel that far with gas as expensive as it is and we live in southernmost Johnston County"

    Not to be rude, but isn't some money better than none. Even if gas takes up a lot of his paycheck... its still better than getting 0.

  • SouthernLady05 Oct 7, 4:56 p.m.

    "I see no reason why any able-bodied person couldn't work these positions at the fair. I said nothing about someone that was out of work because of a medical condition/injury."

    Sorry, but I agree 100% with codeblueemt. Unemployment is only there for the in-between time. If I lost my job, and couldn't find another, i'd do anything to bring in $ to my family. I wouldn't care if it was cleaning toliets, i'd do it because its my responsibility to provide for my family. I've worked at Wal-mart in-between jobs just to have benefits and bring in a paycheck. No one should be above doing any kind of work, including working temporarily at the fair to suppor their family while they look for another job. Fair $ is good money. I would like to add to codeblueemt's statement, that I think anyone on government aid (welfare, gov assisted housing,daycare vouchers, etc) who dosen't have a job, should work jobs such as these.

  • thissucks Oct 7, 4:45 p.m.

    Good grief, WRAL - proofread, or hire better writers. "On the first day the office be open from noon to 5 p.m. and then from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. through the last day of the fair."

  • fishnett5977 Oct 7, 4:18 p.m.

    My husband is a heavy equipment mechanic and got laid off back in FEBRUARY!!! Yes, there are jobs out there - NORTH Raleigh and points even further south and north but who can afford to travel that far with gas as expensive as it is and we live in southernmost Johnston County. He has tried to get jobs closer to home but no one is hiring and they are laying off alot of folks. He is either over qualified or they want him to have more schooling - and he's over the age of 50. And believe me, he WANTS a job - he needs a JOB! Anyone have any leads in Johnston County or within a 25 mile radius? Let me know!!! I will send him out to check it out. CodeBlue, count yourself lucky! Healthcare and all service type jobs will be needed for a long while - unless they automate them! ;) But really, most folks arent looking for a HAND OUT with unemployment, just a HAND UP! We arent all slackers!!! :P

  • enoughsenough Oct 7, 4:17 p.m.

    If u are state employed and work at the fair, keep in mind that they still will take 6% of your salary toward retirement. So don't count on the full amount for hours worked.

  • Oct 7, 4:07 p.m.

    I see no reason why any able-bodied person couldn't work these positions at the fair. I said nothing about someone that was out of work because of a medical condition/injury.

    It's a paying job. I'm sure it doesn't pay well and it certainly isn't glamorous.

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