03/24/2013 11:44 am ET

CTA Job Fair Draws More Than 3,000 For 700 Positions

WEST TOWN — More than 3,000 people turned out Saturday when the Chicago Transit Authority hosted its second job fair in as many months.

“It’s the lack of employment,” said Michael Carter, 49, a former pressure washer who’s been out of work since 2010. “Some people aren’t happy where they are. Some people don’t have a ‘where they are.’”

The CTA hopes to hire about 700 customer service assistants, said Seth Wilson, vice-president of human resources. These part-time employees would earn $12-14 an hour directing riders at “L” stations across the city.

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