Mon., July 20, 2009 4:16pm (EDT)

Job Fairs for Savannah River Site Draws in Thousands
By Mary Ellen Cheatham
Updated: 5 years ago

AUGUSTA, Ga.  —  
Over 2,000 job seekers showed up at an Augusta job fair. (photo by Mary Ellen Cheatham)
Over 2,000 job seekers showed up at an Augusta job fair. (photo by Mary Ellen Cheatham)
More than 2,000 people passed through lines at a job fair in Augusta for the Savannah River Site on Monday, seeking jobs in the nuclear industry.

Officials with the site say more than 10,000 people have shown up for five fairs in Georgia and South Carolina to apply for the 3,000 jobs available.

It comes as the U.S. Department of Energy sends $1.6 billion in economic stimulus funds for environmental cleanup at the nuclear site near Augusta.

"Nothing's stable; bills keep piling up," says Angel Avileas, who was laid off from his job in utility construction six months ago. "I'm looking for something in my field. Hopefully I can get on board."

Many of the jobs will likely be temporary. Some are permanent.