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Hundreds Look for Work at RCTC Job Fair

Updated: 04/30/2014 6:45 PM
Created: 04/30/2014 6:34 PM KAALtv.com
By: Steph Crock

(ABC 6 News) -- More than 100 employers and roughly 600 job seekers were at the job fair held at the RCTC campus Thursday. The Workforce Development Center says it's been one of their biggest years yet.

Joseph Rhodes has been trying to find a construction job, but says it hasn’t been easy.

"Driving around trying to find places and spending all your gas money, if you’re not working you don’t have very many opportunities to get gas," said Rhodes. Thursday however, he was in luck. He's already met with 8 interested employers here at the job fair. "It bundles them all together, you can hit all 10 of them at the same time," he said.

Plus this fair is for all jobs, not just construction. "It's all ages and people are looking for all kinds of work," said one of the organizers, Bruce Thompson.

It was very busy Thursday, and those with the Workforce Development Center say they're not surprised by that. "While the unemployment rate here is low that doesn't include all of the people who are no longer receiving unemployment and so there are people out looking, and there are also a lot of people working part-time looking for full-time," said Thompson.

Even if people aren’t necessarily in need of a job, it’s still a good place to network. "Job openings don't get advertised and so this gives the job seeker the opportunity to talk to employers, and face-time with an employer when you’re looking for work, that’s pretty gold," said Thompson.

We heard several success stories out there Thursday, for both job seekers and employers. "One manufacturer came up and said under her breath, ‘I think I found my second shift machine mechanic,’" said Thompson.

"I got one interview scheduled at quarter after one, so that’s real good," said Rhodes.

If you're looking for a job in the transportation industry, there will be a job fair specifically for those jobs on May 20th at the armory in Owatonna .

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