With the persistent weakness of the national economy, county leaders are taking steps to help local job seekers find employment by hosting a job fair Wednesday. Niagara County's Fall Job Fair will be held Wednesday, from 1 to 3 p.m., at Antonio's Banquet and Conference Center, 7708 Niagara Falls Blvd., Niagara Falls. There is no cost for job seekers.
The move by the County Legislature and Niagara County Director of Employment and Training Thomas Jaccarino comes days after yet another batch of national jobs figures released by the Obama Administration show the national unemployment rate stuck at 9.1 percent with weak job creation numbers.
"We know people out there are hurting, and the Legislature has directed employment and training to make our resources fully available to our county's citizens as they go job hunting," Jaccarino said. "That's why we'll be putting at least 53 employers that are hiring in touch with our residents."
The Fall Job Fair is part of the Legislature's aggressive effort to expand economic opportunity for county residents. This has included a number of significant economic development successes that have seen jobs created at Globe Specialty Metals in Niagara Falls, Yahoo! in Lockport, and the new Edwards Vacuum site in Sanborn, as well as dozens of other locations throughout the county.
For now, though, employment and training's goal is to help county residents find work and to help companies that are hiring find workers.
"We're anticipating at least 500 people will walk through the doors," Jaccarino said. "That would be consistent with other job fairs we've held this year. And that includes not only people looking to re-enter the workforce, but a lot of folks looking for the chance to change careers."
The employers Jaccarino has lined up for the Lockport Job Fair range from delivery drivers, to clerical workers, to the health care and insurance fields, chemical manufacturing and even to aircraft mechanics.
"Right now, we've lined up 53 businesses that are actively recruiting for positions," Jaccarino said. "Venue size is our biggest restriction, because, despite the softness of the national economy, businesses here in Western New York are looking for quality workers."
Attendees are encouraged to bring their most up-to-date résumés. For further more information on the Fall Job Fair, contact employment and training at 716-278-8108 or the state Department of Labor at 716-433-6766.