Governor Kay Ivey is promoting Alabama’s Readiness to Work program and today she hit the road to shake hands with people at the Gadsden Regional Job Fair. Alabama’s unemployment rate has dropped below five percent for the first time since 2008, but is still above the national rate by half of a percent. Representatives with more than 80 companies and three-thousand job openings gathered in downtown Gadsden today as prospective employees found valuable contacts and opportunities. Governor Ivey praised the event as a useful way to foster gainful employment. One Gadsden resident on the job hunt was happy to see so many employers come out and help those who need a steady income. The Alabama Career Center System helped organize today’s job fair in Gadsden.