Ralph Moore, who runs the annual MLK Job Fair on Chase Street, says this year's was the biggest ever -- in job-seekers and in volunteers.

Last year, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Self-Help and Service had 244 pre-registered job-seekers. This year, with the recession and massive job losses, that number reached 412, and 555 on Monday.

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Moore and the staff at St. Frances Academy Community Center, where the fair was held, had 125 volunteers to help them out. The free, full-day job fair featured a large number of employers from a variety of fields, though some who had committed to be there did not post.

MLK Day is going to grow as a national day of service so keep the St. Frances jobs fair in mind for next year. If you can help a guy out -- with advice on finding a job, writing a resume, going for a job interview -- they can use your help. And companies willing to hire low-skill workers and ex-offenders trying to stay straight should keep it in mind. Besides Moore, you can contact Melissa LaFayette at (410)-539-5794 ext. 28 or email her at melissa.lafayette@sfacademy.org

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