Job Fair Helps Hundreds of Unemployed Hoosiers

Published 08/19 2014 02:18PM

Updated 08/19 2014 02:43PM

Northeast Indiana's latest unemployment numbers were released and things are looking up.  Hundreds of job seekers attended a Job Fair at IPFW.

For the last several months more job seekers are finding employment here in the Hoosier State, according to the new data released.

WFFT's Rohma Siddiqui has more on those new numbers just released and how one of US's Congressman is helping to find his contingents a job.

"I know I'm gonna get a job here, I just got that feeling."

It's Winston Pearson's first year at the Job Fair.  He's a chef looking for a job in the food service industry.

"It brings a little bit of hope."

8 months ago, his company had to downsize, leaving him jobless.  Ever since then, he's been actively on the hunt.  He appreciates what the Job Fair is doing for people who are looking for work.

"I think it's better to have it in a small city that way because everybody knows where it's at."

"All my jobs have run out of business."

This is Joyce Lucas' first time at the Job Fair as well.  Job hunting for her has been difficult and time consuming.  That's because the last 3 places she worked at all went out of business, leaving her searching for employment time and time again.  She was just let go from her last job 3 weeks ago.

"I applied at the Fresh Thyme."

A new farmer's market style grocery store is opening October 23rd here in Fort Wayne.

Rebecca Stephens, Store Director of Fresh Thyme, is looking to fill dozens of positions.

"Initially we have 150 jobs as our goal and we have 90 of them filled so we have 60 open positions today."

Northeast Indiana Congressman, Marlin Stutzman says he's excited to partner with IPFW again this year and says he's seen job growth in our region over the last 2 years.

"2 years ago, we had 800 job openings.  Last year we had right at 1,000 and this year we have over 3,000 job openings."

Congressman Stutzman told WFFT that for the past 3 years, they've been holding the Job Fair here at IPFW.  They have noticed a significant decrease in unemployment levels every single year.

"Jobs are always so important because that's what helps us provide for our families."

The latest unemployment numbers for July were just released Monday and the Northeast Indiana numbers are lower than the state average, which is 5.9%.  As for the state average, it's lower than the national which is currently at 6.2%.

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