Getting people back to work took center stage in north Georgia for residents Wednesday afternoon.
The Walker County Chamber of Commerce and Georgia Department of Labor hosted a job expo. Hundreds of job seekers walked through the Civic Center doors in Walker County looking for work. Mel Wages, Career Expo Coordinator said, "One thing that we have noticed is that we have had more job orders coming into our local career centers in the area. So almost every one of these companies agreements is that they did have openings to participate, so these companies here have openings today."
More than 40 companies from around the area had representatives at booths waiting to talk to perspective employees. College recruiters were also on hand talking about their programs that are specifically designed for working adults.
Cyrus Painter, Recruiter said, "To let people know about what an education can do for you when you are looking for a job. Theres a lot of applicants out there, so working towards a degree can set you apart." Job seekers even filled out applications on the spot to employers hoping for a job. Stefan Hilton, Job Seeker said, "My experience here is pretty good. There is a lot of jobs available here. Pretty good variety of them to look around and everybody is pretty friendly, so its going pretty smoothly, and I have high hopes about it."
Representatives with the Georgia Department of Labor say that North Georgia has been hit hard by job losses over the years. Good news is that within the last year the state has had a 2% gain in employment. Wages said, "We're doing special events just for this area. We just recently an event over in Dalton where we focused on the heavily hit areas and the type of workers that were hit, and its been very successful, and hopefully getting people back to work and getting them prepared to get back to work as well."
If you were unable to attend the fair and are interested in an upcoming job expo visit their website www.dol.state.ga.us