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Job Seekers React to Presidential Debate

SCRANTON — Dozens of people, who are feeling the effects of the economy, spent their day at a job fair, hoping to find work.

Many of them, who are following the presidential race very closely, had a lot to say about Tuesday night’s debate.

Many at the Great Northeast Job Fair in Scranton have been out of work for months. The second presidential debate did not make them feel any more confident in the country’s future.

“Both of them were making a lot of promises, Obama made promises four years ago that I haven’t seen where he fulfilled those promises,” said Fran Robinson of Chapman Lake.

For many people, looking for a job has been on their agenda for months, and listening to both President Obama and Governor Romney’s stance on unemployment has given them a clear understanding on where they want this country to go.

“I look back four years ago and see how I was four years ago, if I’m better now than I was four years ago, I know what I want to do. If I’m worse now than I was four years ago, I also know what I want to do,” said Jim Mancuso of Tafton.

Dozens of people came out looking for jobs in Scranton, and with the unemployment rate the highest in the state, folks said this is a clear picture of what the country is facing.

“Barack did ease my fears with the unemployment, but it’s tough, we’re out here doing what we got to do, and I don’t think anyone can really help us at this point, it’s so far gone,” says Eduardo Suarez of Scranton.

The debates have hit home in Scranton in more ways than one. After the vice presidential debate, the jokes about Scranton and the local economy went viral.

“If you went to the lowest circle of hell, you’d still be 45 minutes outside of Scranton!” said an actor on Saturday Night Live.

Many people were angry with the jabs, but others said it doesn’t matter.

“I don’t really put too much into that, not where I’m offended or happy, nothing like that,” said Robinson.

In both the real vice presidential debate and the spoof on Saturday Night Live, they mentioned that the unemployment rate in Scranton is 10 percent, but according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the unemployment rate is 9.6 for the Scranton Wilkes-Barre area.

That is the highest in the state.



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