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Job fair planned amid rosy jobless numbers for Hall
Tim Evans
Tim Evans
Recent glowing reports about Hall County’s jobs picture aside, 70-plus companies are scheduled to be at an annual job fair Wednesday, March 21, at the Gainesville Civic Center.

“There’s a lot of ... filling needs for businesses right now,” said Tim Evans, vice president of economic development for the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce.

“If we had more space (at the civic center), we’d probably have more companies there.”

Annual job fair
What: 70-plus companies interviewing and hiring for jobs
When: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 21
Where: Gainesville Civic Center, 830 Green St.

Cost: Free to attend

Express Employment Professionals is presenting the event, along with the chamber, Lanier Technical College, Georgia Department of Labor and the Gainesville Area Employer Committee.

Metro Gainesville, which includes all of Hall County, has had a rosy jobless picture over the past year, according to DOL numbers.

A January report showed that the area closed out 2017 with record highs for jobs, employed residents and workforce size.

“All of the major indicators trended in the right direction. In fact, records were set. I’m expecting the same will continue in 2018,” Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said at the time.

By the end of 2017, Hall’s unemployment rate had fallen to 3.5 percent from 4.2 percent at beginning of the year. Metro Gainesville ranked fifth in Georgia for job creation among 14 metro statistical areas tracked by the DOL.

Latest labor numbers showed the January jobless number ticked up slightly to 3.6 percent.

The chamber’s fair, which is free to attend, will feature employers ready to hire.

“They often do pre-screen interviews or full interviews right there on the spot,” Evans said. “We do encourage people to come dressed appropriately — you’re making a first impression. If you’ve got a resume, bring a resume.

“Be prepared to fill out some job applications and meet some people, and be talking to people who are making hiring decisions.”

Hires for a wide range of jobs are being sought by employers.

The event typically draws a large crowd — some 1,000 job seekers are expected — so a shuttle will be provided to get people from the parking lots to the civic center.