Over 60 employers from across Clark County were on hand to help local students and residents apply for jobs at the ninth annual Clark County Job Fair.
OhioMeansJobs and the Chamber of Greater Springfield presented the job fair Tuesday, offering students an opportunity to speak with employers first, then opening the event later to the general public.
“We put this one on as a service to employers, but specifically with the high school students, it’s really to build that future workforce for employers and grow their current workforce,” Dillon Charney, business services supervisor for OhioMeansJob in Clark County, said.
Charney said the event welcomed between 100 and 200 students from the Clark County area and he would consider the event “a great turn out” if it welcomed 300 people. However, Charney said attendance at the job fair could be effected by the low unemployment rate in the county.
“The unemployment rate is the lowest it has been in quite some time,” Charney said. “We had over 100 people pre-register for the event.”
In February, unemployment rates fell in both Clark and Champaign counties, according to data by the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services.
The unemployment rate dropped to 4.6 percent in Clark County; that’s down from 5.4 percent in Clark County in January.
Statewide, Ohio’s unemployment rate dipped to 4.6 percent, down .1 percent from January, mirroring a national trend. The U.S. unemployment rate for February was 3.8 percent down from 4 percent in January, according to ODJFS.
Employers, like Yamada North America, offered job applications and face-to-face networking opportunities at the job fair at Hollenbeck-Bailey Conference Center in downtown Springfield.
“This event is always fantastic,” said Marc Murray, vice president and general manager of Yamada’s administration division. “I’m not sure how many people we have hired because of this event, but I know we have brought on a lot of talent from this.”
Being able to discuss employment opportunities with students is one of the reasons Yamada North America attends job fairs, Murray said.
“But the schools here in Clark County do such a great job preparing students for employment,” Murray said. “Students understand ‘dress for success’ and they understand what needs to be done in order to secure a job.”
Unemployment numbers from March for Clark and Champaign counties will be released on April 23.
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