A job fair by a big box store, opening in Oshawa this fall, is causing quite a stir. On day one of the event, more than 500 people lined up in the rain, for an opportunity to work for Costco Wholesale. Local politicians have praised the arrival of the store, for both the job opportunities it would create, as well as the economic impact to the downtown. However, Jim Freeman President of the Durham Region Labour Council says the number of job seekers is evidence of a tough economy. He also says he’s concerned that many people are being forced into part-time work, which doesn’t offer the same benefits as full-time. When it comes to salary Costco does have a reputation of paying above the standard minimum wage, typically seen in the retail sector. The Oshawa site is expected to create more than 300 jobs. The job fair continues Wednesday at the Quality Inn on Bloor Street in Oshawa.