Bertha Grubbs of Imperial waited patiently in line for her turn at the window.
"I need a job," she said.
So did the 2,000 other people who crowded into the state Employment Development Department's Cesar Chavez Center in El Centro with the hopes of landing jobs at the under-construction Golden Acorn Casino.
The casino on Kumeyaay Indian land off Interstate 8 near Campo is working with the state EDD's local One-Stop Employment Service to fill more than 500 positions, said Diane Stone, corporate vice president with Golden Acorn's parent company, First Nation Gaming.
She said 30-40 percent of those 500 jobs will be filled by Imperial Valley residents.
While no one was hired at Friday's job fair, some "highly qualified applicants" were interviewed and offered positions pending drug tests, she said.