The unemployment rate in Stanislaus County is 16.9 percent. But that number doesn't really tell the story.
To get the true picture of the depth of joblessness in the county and throughout the Northern San Joaquin Valley, all anyone needed to do was head over to a job fair Wednesday at Modesto Centre Plaza.
What they would have seen before the doors opened for the noon to 4 p.m. event was a line of job seekers that snaked across the plaza, down K Street and around the corner along 11th Street.
Several hundred people filed into the free event – sponsored by Channels 3 and 58, Citadel Broadcasting and the California Job Journal – in search of a job, any job.
"In this economy it's tough ... ," said Josh Heredia of Turlock, who has been unemployed since November. "I've just got to find something."
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