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    Casey's Finds No Lack of Job Applicants

    Eighty applied for 30 openings during a recent job fair held by the c-store chain.

    BLOOMINGTON, Ill. -- Central Illinois' rising unemployment rate was apparent during a recent job fair held by Casey’s General Stores at the Bloomington Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites. Eighty people applied for approximately 30 jobs at Casey's, most of which pay $8 to $10 an hour, according to The Pantagraph.

    The daylong job fair included positions at six Casey's stores in the Bloomington-Normal area, many for the chain’s new Hudson store, scheduled to open in mid-August.

    "People out there are getting laid off with 20 years of experience," said Billie Jo Scott, area supervisor for Casey's General Stores, who said she's noticed a higher level of experience among job applicants since the economy has worsened.

    Casey’s offers 401(k), medical, dental and life insurance, the report stated.

    One applicant, Donna Roeske, said she’s been looking for work since the recession claimed her $15-an-hour job as a customer service representative in February. The 61-year-old Bloomington woman was at the job fair eager to take a much lower-paying job.

    "I need the money," Roeske told the newspaper, adding she’s also applied for work as a bank teller, secretary and receptionist. "The recession is depressing. Every time you hear about more getting laid off, you realize there's more competition."

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