An estimated 5,000 people were expected to turn out for the JobQuest Job Fair at the Blaisdell Exhibition Hall.
Recent unemployment numbers show more people are looking for work compared with a month ago.
That was quite evident with the turnout at the JobQuest Job Fair at the Blaisdell Tuesday.
An even higher percentage of the unemployed are military veterans.
The line snaked around the Blaisdell exhibition hall when the doors opened.
Sam Ah Loo, who has been out of work since moving back from the mainland in February, was just one of the thousands here hoping to snag a full-time position.
"It's been very difficult. I've been putting where I can get in to," said Ah Loo.
Unemployment in Hawaii was up 0.1 of 1 percent last month, now at 6.2 percent.
But the rate for military veterans is even higher.
"The unemployment rate for younger veterans is double the national average of more than 20 percent," said Noe Foster, CEO for The Strategist, a co-sponsor of the job fair.
Many of the combat veterans are National Guard soldiers, so they've been deployed multiple times and their employers have closed up shop while they were away. Bill Lagrave, 24, is one of those.
The Chinook helicopter mechanic just got back from a deployment in Afghanistan.
"I'd like to find something a little more stable. Something not where every three months I'm wondering if we're just going to get cut and released," said Lagrave.
A section of the job fair was set aside for companies specifically looking to hire military veterans. Armed with resumes and a positive attitude, Lagrave was hitting anything that looked promising.
"It's a little overwhelming at first because you step in and look around and you don't know where to start," Lagrave said.
Despite the dismal job market outlook, there are jobs out there.
The Navy Exchange has 150 positions available.
"We're hoping to hire most of them today," said Natalie Brewster, associate with the Navy Exchange.
That may be helpful in bringing down those jobless numbers in the months ahead.