More than twenty employers set up booths at the Eva Rothwell Centre today, ready to take resumes and conduct interviews.
It’s part of PATH Employment Services bid to halt the city’s growing jobless rate and create positive career connections.
As of September the unemployment rate went up to an average of 6.4 per cent.
This marks the fourth month in a row that the rate has climbed.
Tara Aronson, Employment Services Supervisor with PATH says holding a job fair is all about chipping away at those numbers by showcasing growing industries with opportunities.
“Hamilton is a leading provider in health care industries, manufacturing as well is still in need and then the customer service retail is a really big growing industry in Hamilton” she states.
Fellfab Human Resources Manager Christine Hoey is looking to fill 20 to 30 positions in what she describes as a niche market.
The skills gap she says remains an issue.
“We’re a textile manufacturing company so to find that skill set of sewers, it’s pretty hard in Hamilton.”
Aronson, however, believes that gap is narrowing thanks to new programs being offered at Mohawk College and McMaster University.
“The goal is to really make sure that people are aware of the programs that are out there.”