Jostling for jobsJobs – people looking for them and employers offering them – were the centerpiece of an event at the Alexandria Technical and Community College Wednesday.
By: Al Edenloff, Alexandria Echo Press
Jobs – people looking for them and employers offering them – were the centerpiece of an event at the Alexandria Technical and Community College Wednesday.
The Greater Alexandria Area Job Resource Fair provided an opportunity to link job seekers with current and future openings at businesses throughout the region.
It was sponsored by the Lakes Area Business and Employer Council.
A total of 38 employers from throughout the region participated in this year’s Job Fair, representing manufacturing, healthcare, service, retail, distribution and other industry sectors.
Along with the employers were 10 job seeker resource organizations.
Although organizers were still tabulating how many job seekers turned out, they were pleased with the attendance.
“There was a great turnout and employers were very busy talking to job seekers,” said Pat Kalina with the Alexandria Area Economic Development Commission.
The Alexandria area’s job market continues to recover from the economic downtown that impacted the whole country.
“Manufacturing hiring is noticeably up and it appears that the
service and retail sectors are starting to follow that trend,” Kalina said.
Douglas County’s unemployment rate was 6.7 percent in December, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. It peaked at 8.5 percent in March 2009, the county’s highest jobless rate in at least 20 years.
For more information about job opportunities and upcoming job workshops in the region, visit the Alexandria WorkForce Center at 303 22nd Avenue West, Suite 107. It’s open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
More job-related tips and information is available on the website, positivelyminnesota.com.