Everyone from recent college grads to late-career job switchers lined up in South Lake Union to learn about openings at Amazon, which held job fairs in Seattle and five other U.S. cities Tuesday as part of a push to fill some 30,000 positions nationwide, including more than 10,000 locally.

While the national unemployment rate is at a historic low, some applicants described a tougher job market than the official statistics would indicate.

During the noon hour, the wait was about an hour and 20 minutes in a line that wrapped around the South Lake Union block where Amazon held the event. A company spokeswoman said thousands of people had registered to attend the Seattle event.

A time-lapse video of the lines stretching around a block

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