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LIN Media-owned WPRI-TV Providence, R.I., hosted the Eyewitness News Job Fair, a state-wide event for job seekers throughout the region. When Rhode Islandís unemployment rate reached double digits, WPRI-TV President and General Manager Jay Howell noted, "In these tough economic timesÖitís critical to be proactive members of our community." With that aim, WPRI-TV ran extensive promos during the weeks leading up to the Fair. WPRI-TVís morning show also offered job seekers tips and insights on how to prepare themselves for their search. More than 100 hiring companies participated in the Job Fair, hosting interviews and providing resume critiques to 5,000 individuals.
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More than 2.47 million American jobs depend on broadcasting, and the local broadcast radio and television industry - and the businesses that depend on it - generate $1.17 trillion annually for the nation's economy.