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To be employed – it’s what millions of Americans want every single day.

“We’re seeing an increase in people who are saying ‘I’m ready,’” said Genevieve Deignan from Sacramento Food Bank.

And here they are, ready to take that next step and get hired.

They’re inching closer and closer every day. The jobless rate, at least in San Joaquin County, dropped to 12.9% in April – the lowest it’s been in four years.

But, it’s still tough out there.

“There’s 200 to 300 people applying and maybe there’s 3 positions,” said Sandria Arnold, who is unemployed.

Sandra is one of about 300 people who showed up to the Sacramento Food Bank job fair Saturday. She has a long career in home care, but has been out of a job since January.

“It’s really tough, just sitting at home on the computer, filling out applications,” Arnold said.

One of the biggest things to remember? Don’t get discouraged by an entry level position. Once you get hired, there’s room to grow.

But you have to get hired first. The key is to be prepared. And, shockingly, the number one thing employers seem to be looking for is someone who is excited about working.

That positive attitude goes a long way.

“I feel more optimistic in the past week. I’m starting to get some call backs,” Arnold said.

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