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POSTED: Friday, April 16, 2010 - 5:15pm

UPDATED: Friday, April 16, 2010 - 10:51pm

EL PASO--- While 2,600 jobs were created from February to March this year, many were temporary jobs.

Nothing was more evident than at a job fair in downtown El Paso Friday, where one company, Shee Atika Languages, was hiring 100 people for 8 days of work.

Those hired will be role players for military training, and it pays $2,400 for all 8 days.

We found Gilbert Zuniga, a job seeker who's been out of permanent work for 2 years.

"Sometimes I substitute at the schools, the El Paso Independent School District. but I don't have anything permanent," said Zuniga.

Of the 1,700 jobs added to the El Paso economy from February to March, we're told many of them are like this one. Temporary.

"There's a mix. Of course you're going to have those jobs that are temporary simply because jobs that come with the summer are going to be seasonal," said Lauren Macias-Cervantes.

Zuniga, a veteran and former government employee, is hoping this job will lead to something more permanent.

"If they're going to start hiring for here, maybe they'll have more money to hire for other positions here," said Zuniga.

Zuniga hopes to get hired, so he can cover his bills, which are falling behind.

All the while, he's still asking the same question.

"I would like to know, where the permanent government jobs are?"

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