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(NECN: Melissa Toupin: Worcester, Mass.) - 3,013 people attended a job fair on Tuesday sponsored by U.S. Sen. Scott Brown --- about 1,000 more than attended a similar event in October.
Potential job-seekers stood elbow-to-elbow at Worcester State University.
Clementine Viga of Worcester has been looking for a steady job since she graduated from college in 2009 and is finding that she's competing against people with doctorates.
Some came from as far away as New Hampshire, like Deb Lund, who is looking for a job in the medical field.
"My husband's like, 'Why are you going to waste gas going to Worcester. I'm like, ' 'Cause there's opportunity.'"
"It's nice to get a resume," Brown said. "But it's also nice to get a resume and a smile, and a handshake, and a 'Hey, this is why you're going to hire me."