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Jobless San Diegans Attend Boot Camp

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Aired 8/30/11

With an unemployment rate of 10 percent, San Diegans turnout for job fair at USD

More than 100 San Diegan's turnout for a job fair boot camp Tuesday on the campus of the University of San Diego.

There were about a dozen employers, ranging from the sheriffs department, city and county agencies such as the Department of Health and Human Services, as well as the community college district.

Kevin Swanson has been unemployed for two and a half years. The 55-year old salesman is worried his business credentials maybe working against him.

"I've got a double bachelor in finance and industrial arts. An MBA in information decision systems, and a certificate in green energy management," said Swanson.

Karim Agundez came to the job fair from Mexicali. He's been looking for work as a manager in the restaurant industry.

"There's a lot of restaurants here and I looked at about a third of them, and I haven't found any openings yet," said Agundez.

San Diego County's unemployment rate is at 10 percent. Many of the job seekers were military veterans whose unemployment rate is twice as high. Recruiters and workshop speakers encouraged people looking for work to use professional networking sites to improve their chances.

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