Fair job seekers go to computers this year

Applications for jobs at the Puyallup Fair have begun rolling in like orders for onion burgers and iced lemonade.

Fully 484 applications had arrived by 10:30 a.m. Monday, the first day of a new online-only application process. By 1:30, the total had grown to 715, according to fair spokeswoman Karen LaFlamme.

Last year, as a line of job seekers snaked through downtown Puyallup, representatives of the state Employment Security Department could process only 600 applications.

“People are looking for jobs,” LaFlamme said Monday afternoon.

All tolled, the fair will hire some 3,000 workers in such diverse categories as food service, sales, barn maintenance and rides-and-games helpers.

“People who applied will be hearing a response by e-mail confirming their applications,” LaFlamme said.

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