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Career Expo aims to help job seekers with disabilities

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The national unemployment rate is hovering at 8.2 percent, but for those with disabilities the statistics are worse.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor, the unemployment rate for that group is more than 16 percent.

On Thursday, more than two dozen employers participated in a local job fair to help lower that number.

The fifth annual "Tapping Fresh Talent Career Expo" was held at the Sheraton Airport Hotel in Portland.

More than 460 job seekers attended the event to get feedback on the resumes, participate in mock interviews and learn about the internship process.

Heather Brooks attended the career expo and said, "It's helpful insofar as you figure out what you want to do as much as you don't want to do. And they present you with possibilities you may not have considered."

The event was organized by Incight, which was founded in 2004 to empower people with disabilities to independence. Incight executive director Dan Friess said, "The main barrier people with disabilities face in the job market is misconceptions." 

He said, "People with disabilities do not raise insurance rates, don't cost companies more money and managers can and should expect the same level of performance from employees with disabilities as their able-bodied counterparts."

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