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Houston Mayor Hopes Job Fair Will Help Evacuees

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Houston Mayor Bill White and other officials used a job fair to urge unemployed Hurricane Katrina evacuees to get to work.

Authorities say there are more than five-thousand jobs available in Houston and neighboring Louisiana.

August 29th is the first anniversary since Katrina slammed the Gulf coast, sending several hundred thousand Louisiana evacuees to Texas.

Officials have estimated about 250-thousand remain in Texas, with nearly two-thirds still in the Houston area.

A state-funded survey released this month shows that most Katrina evacuees still living in Texas don't have jobs.

Almost half live in households with incomes of less than 500 dollars per month.

Yesterday's job fair featured more than 150 employers, including 13 that offered about 600 jobs in Louisiana.


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