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18-year-old Milwaukee teen hopes for brighter future for herself, her child at job fair

Posted at 5:33 PM, Jun 11, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-12 10:00:36-04

MILWAUKEE — With a U.S. unemployment rate at its lowest point since 1969, it might not seem like a job-seeker's market. But it is.

Scroll through career websites like,, and and you will see long lists of available positions.

On Tuesday, those jobs came to the people. Around 30 employers set up an outside job fair on the streets near the corner of 6th and Meineke in Milwaukee. It wasn't something 18-year-old Dontaria Curry was expecting to run into today, but it was a pleasant surprise.

"What do you want to do? Where do you want to be? What department you want to work in, and I’m like they asking me, huh, instead of telling me," Curry said.

Curry ended up applying for several jobs. This unanticipated find becomes a lot more important when Curry reveals she is eight weeks pregnant. She said she wants to give her child as many opportunities as possible.

"I want my baby to grow up feeling like, “My mom did it, and I was a baby. Everyone always told me I could do this. Can’t nobody tell me I can’t do this.”

It's an inspiring message from a young woman who said life was tough growing up.

"Dirt, I came from dirt," Curry said.

Now, she said things are a lot better and that she, "can't complain."

She hopes to be a role model and inspiration for her child and wanted to give her this important message.

"I want to tell my baby there's nothing you can not do. You want to touch the stars? Go touch em."

With this unexpected find, Curry said her and her child's future are looking a little brighter.