5:51 PM EDT, September 6, 2012
Dozens of jobs are up for grabs.
It's not the only good news for people who live in one Pittsylvania County town.
Gretna is also getting a McDonald's.
Shaking hands with a potential employer can be nerve racking, especially if you've been turned away many times.
But DeChantel Leggins is confident this time she's got it under control.
"It's very important. I need employment to take care of my family and stuff," Leggins said.
She waited for over an hour, with more than 150 people Thursday morning at a job fair in this church fellowship in Gretna.
Diana Taylor wasn't far behind her in line.
"Yes right now, you know, I need something," Taylor said. "I claim the position I applied for. So no worries about nothing."
Both women have competition lined against the wall and out the door mostly from people younger than themselves, but they're staying optimistic.
Their hopeful place of employment? A McDonald's that's just in the beginning stages of construction. It will employ up to 80 full time and part time people.
What might be a last resort business to apply for some people is an unemployment relief to others.
"We are really excited about this many people wanting a job. You know it's kind of, tough times in our society," said franchise owner Larry McCarty.
Roughly eight percent of people in Pittsylvania County don't have jobs.
That's down nearly one percent from this time last year, but finding a job is still a challenge even in the fast food world no longer ruled by teens.
"For everybody else that's applying for the job positions just keep the faith and go in their and claim your position," Taylor said.
It's easy advice from a professional in the unemployment line.
Working in fast foot may not be glamorous, but simply put, it's a job these people need.
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