While previous quarterly job fairs have averaged from 80 to 95 attendees, the 1st Annual Job Fair at the Lamar Workforce Center may bring in more numbers, especially with a larger turnout of local employers seeking to hire and community resource centers. Elva Macias and Kyla Sather, local Workforce Center Labor and Employment Specialists at the Lamar Center at 407 East Olive Street, said the fair will be located in two rooms on Tuesday, April 25th at the SOS Center, in the main meeting room as well as the special events room and they anticipate more than two dozen tables will be set up to assist job hunters and residents who need additional information on careers.
“We have our annual open house and job fair in September,” explained Sather, who said the other two most recent fairs has seen a pretty good turnout with from 5 to 10 prospective employers attending. “We’ve had job seekers come in for these from as far away as Rocky Ford and La Junta,” she added.
Fourteen resource contacts have been listed with seven responding so far that they’ll attend on the 25th. They include: Southeast Health Group, Department of Vocational Rehab, Department of Human Services, Prowers County Public Health, Lamar Community College, Lamar OJC/CDS Head Start and Welcome Home Center.
There are 30 potential employers that have been contacted to take part in the Job Fair, but Sather says not all have responded at this time. She said there is still interest in finding a job in Lamar and Prowers County, “We can see anywhere from five to 20 persons a day come in looking for assistance in finding their next job, and there have been times when we’ve gotten as many as 40. It’s kind of a mad house when that happens, but it’s not that frequent.” Some employers that will attend include: High Plains Community Health Center, Lamar Police Department, Love’s Gas Station, Loaf and Jug, Lamar Estates and Core Civic Correctional Facility.
The 1st Annual Workforce Center Job & Resource Fair will run from 1:30 to 4:30 on Tuesday, the 25th. No appointments are necessary and refreshments will be provided. As of February, 2017 the unemployment rate for Prowers County was 3.4% with approximately 201 unemployed persons. That’s a decrease from the previous year when the percentage rate was 4.2% and 247 were jobless. The Colorado Department of Labor, job-seeker website lists 57 current job openings for Lamar. Call the Lamar Workforce Center for more information at 336-2256. Job seekers should be sure to bring several copies of their resumes.
By Russ Baldwin
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