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Gainesville to host job expo, training session this week
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Two events are scheduled for this week to assist local job seekers.

The Georgia Department of Labor’s Gainesville Career Center, along with the Gainesville Area Employer Committee and the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce, will sponsor a job and career expo from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday at the Gainesville Civic Center, 830 Green St.

The expo will feature employers, educational institutions and resource agencies providing assistance to job seekers.

Some will be hiring and others will discuss possible future opportunities. Other organizations will provide educational and other resources.

Applicants should bring plenty of resumes and be prepared to fill out company applications and interview for available openings. Attendees are encouraged to dress appropriately.

For more information, contact Jean McCullough at the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce at 770-532-6206 or email jean@ghcc.com.

The Georgia Mountains Workforce Development Overview will follow with an overview session at 10 a.m. Thursday at the Gainesville Career Center, 2756 Atlanta Highway.

The event will acquaint potential customers with the services and requirements of the On-the-Job Training Program through the Workforce Investment Act of 1998. WIA provides unemployed adults the opportunity to obtain full-time permanent jobs. On-the-Job Training gives people a chance to learn new skills on the job.

Potential applicants should be ages 18 and older and unemployed or laid off through no fault of their own from their previous jobs. Some assistance may include dependent care and transportation costs while transitioning into a new position. They must be residents or have been employed in the Georgia Mountains service area, which includes Banks, Dawson, Forsyth, Franklin, Habersham, Hall, Hart, Lumpkin, Rabun, Stephens, Towns, Union and White counties.

For more information, call 770-538-2727.

The metro Gainesville area, which includes all of Hall County, has seen its unemployment rate falling in the last year.

It was 6.9 percent in February, down from 7.4 percent in January and 8 percent in February 2012, according to the Georgia Department of Labor.

Fewer layoffs and more jobs have boosted the employment picture in the area, particularly in service-related industries, according to the Labor Department. At the same time, claims for jobless benefits have fallen despite some job losses in construction, manufacturing, trade, transportation, warehousing and administrative services.

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