Some job seekers see debt debates as sign of instability

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Legislators say it's time to refocus and get America back to work. Wednesday hundreds tried to do just that as they compete for a few job openings.

Whether it's the Career Center in Knoxville or the quarterly Job News career fair, thousands try to find work everyday, and some people in East Tennessee are already feeling the effects of our government's decisions on the debt.

Cris Chapman used to teach Anthropology at a community college, but hunting for a job has been an educational experience for her.

She said, "The debt ceiling was distracting people from the actual issues of the economy that were affecting everyday people."

The job seekers far outweighed the number of companies hiring, as hundreds attended the career fair at the Knoxville Expo Center with 39 companies taking applications.

Cris said, "I think this is going to be a slow process. It took us a lot of years to this position right, so it's going to take us a lot of time to get out."

Some say the government debates over the debt ceiling were a sign of instability.

"I think that has scared a lot of people, and it leaves them very uncertain," said sales director for Monarch Mortgage, Norma White.

Norma said the debt debate actually sparked interest in buying a house or refinancing, but it was because of the questionable future.

"Really reposition themselves financially, so that they can deal with anything that may occur," she said.

Cris fears the job market will never improve if it's too expensive to get a degree.

"We've decreased the amount of funding available, we've increased the amount of interest students have to pay. Like graduate students are going to have to pay interest on loans to go to school," she said.

Cris believes encouraging people to invest in that degree, will improve our future workforce.

"And a lot of people are like, why did I bother, I now have so much debt," she said.

If you missed the career fair, you can actually get to the latest Job News openings and job hunting tips, on the home page The link is on the right side of the page.

The next Job News career fair is scheduled for November 8, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Knoxville Expo Center.

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