A recent job fair in Chanute illustrated one of the primary challenges facing employers in these parts.
About 300, mostly unemployed, attended, proof that people are interested in improving their lot in life, said Bill Maness, economic development director for Thrive Allen County.
On the flip side, many of those at the fair were ill-prepared to meet face-to-face with prospective employers. Some appeared wearing pajama bottoms instead of jeans or slacks. Others came toting small children and were unable to stay focused on the process.