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Job Fair Held For 500 Laid Off HP Workers

Event was held at University of Central Arkansas.
LITTLE ROCK, AR--  Hundreds of laid off workers from Conway's Hewlett Packard plant attended a job fair Friday sponsored by the Conway Chamber of Commerce.

Many people, like Amanda Osburn, hoped to find some source of income.

"You have bills to pay, everybody wants their money and me personally I like to be out. I don't like to be at home doing nothing," said Osburn.

More than 70 vendors gave out applications to prospective workers, including managers at Waffle House.

"We're looking for a lot of positive people that are willing to work hard and push the company," said district manager Damon McDaniel.

Planners say the event helps people get back into the workforce, especially with so many people losing so many jobs.

"The best thing the chamber can do is to make sure each one of these employees has equitable employment," said Conway Chamber of Commerce spokesperson Jamie Gates.

Many workers are still upset after being notified there jobs no longer exist, but many remain hopeful and optimistic.

"I'm positive about it. You have to be positive," said Osburn. 

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