The winter job Fair and the State Workforce Center in Lamar had just as many attendees as the earlier one in September, with an average of 100 persons on hand for the four hour session which ran between 10am and 2pm on Wednesday, January 25th.
Elva Macias, the local workforce center labor and employment specialist said, “Just like last time, we had people starting to come in an hour early for the interviews.” She said folks from Rocky Ford had traveled to Lamar for the September session and several were in from La Junta this time. “We had a large group, as many as 40 people at one time, between 10 and 11am waiting to get to an interview office.” Each business signs up to host the interviews, using private offices for the initial presentation to several persons at once.
Macias said this season’s businesses looking to hire included: Loves, KVAY Radio, Prowers Medical Center, Mountain Prairie, Core Civic and Bent County Corrections. Macias said she gets the word out about the fair through the Denver Office which distributes emails to people registered with the workforce center, partner agencies and flyers and newspaper.
She said the event for spring will be a combined resource and job fair held for March/April and there will be advance notice going out locally for those businesses who wish to participate and for those area residents who are seeking job information. The Lamar Workforce Center serves Baca, Kiowa and Prowers County. The State Labor and Employment Office posted recent job numbers with Prowers County set at 144 unemployed for a 2.1 percentage of the population. The Lamar Workforce Center is at 405 East Olive Street, on the southwestern edge of the SOS Center. Their phone number is 719-336-2256.
By Russ Baldwin
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