Six Flags Hosts Weekend Job Fair

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    Some job seekers are lining up at places they may not have previously considered.

    As the state's unemployment rate remains unchanged, some job seekers are lining up at places they may not have previously considered.

    Thousands of applicants packed Hurricane Harbor in Arlington for a January job fair, and the park expects a similar turnout for this weekend's job fair.

    "We anticipate we're going to have the same outcome at the January job fair," said Tyrone Taylor, of Six Flags/Hurricane Harbor. "We did well over 2,000 individuals at that job fair."

    Twice as many applicants as usual attended the January job fair as did the previous year. Taylor said the state's high unemployment rate attracted a diverse pool of job seekers.

    "We've seen a shift particularly where we've hired less minors and more adults for positions for the park as a whole, which only brings in more quality and people with more experience," he said.

    Six Flags Over Texas, which also runs Hurricane Harbor, hired 500 people for its two parks and expects to hire another 450 this weekend.

    "The need is definitely there, and people are wanting to work, and we're very willing to put them to work," Taylor said.

    According to numbers released Thursday by the Texas Workforce Commission, the unemployment rate in Texas was 8.2 percent in January, the same the revised figure from December. But the number is well below the national unemployment rate of 9.7 percent.

    The Six Flags/Hurricane Harbor job fair is from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Job applicants are encouraged to fill out an application at www.sixflagsjobs.com.