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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Unemployment numbers in Arizona may have hit a new low in April, but a job fair turnout showed plenty of people are still looking for work.

More than 800 people attended a job fair at the Hotel Tucson City Center on Granada Avenue Monday afternoon, event organizers said.

30 companies from fields in sales, health care, business administration and Internet technology participated in the fair.

The turnout included fresh college graduates who are now competing with a large job-seeking pool.

Among them was Dominick Kraus, a Chicago native who moved to Tucson to attend the University of Arizona but decided to transfer to Pima Community College to save tuition costs.

In the meantime, Kraus is looking for a job in sales after being laid off from his job last week.

"It's kind of an unfortunate event, didn't have much notice to start looking but I'm feeling pretty confident so I'm hitting up job fairs, walking into companies, just seeing what I can get and what I can prove," Kraus said.

Job fair organizers said they are also not surprised by new unemployment numbers released by the Arizona Office of Administration, which shows unemployment rates have dropped from 7.3 percent in March to 6.9 percent in April.

The same trend was reflected in Tucson's unemployment numbers, which show the unemployment rate fell from 6.6 percent in March to 5.5 percent in April, according to the Arizona Department of Administration.

"What we're seeing that's being done differently that hasn't been done in the past is they're being prepared better. Meaning companies like Pima County One Stop or the Department of Economic Security, they're training people to help them bridge that gap between the skills that they have and possibly what they need for the job," said Jobertising managing member Roberto Moreno said.

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