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More good news on the job front

ATLANTA -- Bad economic news has been like a broken record over the past few years, but there's more good news for the state of Georgia and for job seekers in Atlanta.

The state announced Wednesday that revenue figures for June are up 6.2 percent over last June. Revenue rose by $87.5 million. "We saw numbers that were above trend for 12 consecutive months in fiscal year 2011," said Gov. Nathan Deal.

And there is more good news on the job front from companies who recruit workers. Jobs News Atlanta expects the jobs available at a job fair in Atlanta on July 21, 2011 to double. "We are definitely seeing a surge of companies coming to us for increasing their staff," said Marsha Olivieri.

The news comes on the heels of two announcements in the past two weeks. Caterpillar Inc. announced they were adding 200 jobs and $120 million in capital improvements to their Spalding County plant.

On Tuesday, Toyo Tire Company announced they would add nearly 500 jobs in the next few years. The company also committed to nearly $910 million in improvements.

Olivieri said she expects 25 companies to participate in the job fair later this month. She said over 200 jobs would be available, more than double the jobs available at another of the company's job fairs in April. "There will be a match for people that show up, they will not walk away disappointed if they have the skills," she said.

The Job News Atlanta job fair will be held on July 21, 2011 at the Crowne Plaza Atlanta-Ravinia at 4355 Ashford Dunwoody Road, Atlanta, GA 30346 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Olivieri said job seekers are strongly encouraged to dress professionally, bring resumes, and be ready to interview on the spot.