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      Harlingen job fair draws thousands of job seekers

      One by one, thousands of people filed into Harlingen's Casa del Sol and the community center on Thursday, with the goal to land one over 2200 jobs.

      More than 60 agencies, from law enforcement to insurance and to healthcare, participated.

      "We expect happy employers and happy job seekers," said CEO of Workforce Solutions Bonnie Gonzalez.

      She also said that events like the job fair are vital, especially during a time of economic uncertainty and budget cuts.

      "This is the only way to do this, Gonzalez added. Where we can maximize resources and leverage our relationships, we can TMt do it alone."

      Congressman Ruben Hinojosa opened up the event.

      He said the work done there will hopefully have a lasting effect in the Valley's large unemployment numbers.

      "We need to have that unemployment down into single digit, and it can be done," Hinojosa concluded.

      Gonzalez said that the next step is following up with businesses and job seekers, to make sure they do what they need to, to close the deal and land the job.