Our View: Job seekers, today could finally be your day

Job seekers fill out applications during a previous Times Leader Career Fair. - Bill Tarutis | For Times Leader

No matter what side of the political aisle you reside on, you have to agree the economy is booming and has been for quite some time now.

Proof of that abounds.

Take for example Pennsylvania’s 4.2 percent unemployment rate, as measured by state Department of Labor & Industry’s July employment situation report.

That’s the lowest rate posted since May 2007, more than 11 years ago.

The same report, released just a few weeks ago, said the Keystone State saw a record high for jobs for the 16th consecutive month.

Nationally, the picture is just as rosy.

The unemployment rate has been calculated at under 4 percent throughout the summer.

And a June 1 report from the Associated Press noted robust hiring numbers had lowered the rate across the country to 3.8 percent, very close to a level not seen since December 1969. (To give you an idea of how long ago that was, consider Richard Nixon was just finishing his first year as president and no one had ever heard of Watergate.)

As good as things are going, and as great as the numbers look, they matter little to folks who are still struggling to find work or are currently employed but looking for a new opportunity.

The numbers also don’t account for those who are underemployed, or those employed at less than full-time status or in jobs not making full use of their abilities or training.

Bottom line: Even a roaring economy leaves some behind.

But today offers an opportunity to possibly change that.

The Times Leader is hosting a career fair from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Genetti’s Best Western Hotel & Conference Center at 77 E. Market St. in downtown Wilkes-Barre.

You don’t even have to pay for parking if you go. It’s free.

We published a special section a few days ago to let people know what employers would be on hand. The list is impressive and includes many of the top names in the area. Here are some of them:

• Mohegan Sun Pocono

• Hershey, which announced in March a $60 million expansion at its Hazle Township plant and is offering substantial sign-on bonuses for select positions.

• Berkshire Hathaway GUARD Insurance Cos., which is adding scores of jobs in Wilkes-Barre at its new corporate headquarters on Public Square. GUARD is looking for everything from customer service representatives to software developers and marketing managers.

• Tobyhanna Army Depot

Job seekers will also be able to apply today for a variety of manufacturing and health care openings, plus state employment as well. In addition, there will be positions available for heavy equipment operators, HVAC specialists, youth counselors, cooks, machine operators, truck drivers, diesel mechanics and more.

So, if you are looking for work, a career change, or just a change in general, head over to Genetti’s today.

Ask yourself: What do you have to lose?

Just make sure to bring a résumé.

And get ready for valuable face time with employers, some of whom could offer on-the-spot interviews.

This could be the break you’ve been looking for.

Take advantage.

— Times Leader

Job seekers fill out applications during a previous Times Leader Career Fair.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/web1_TTL091014TLjobfair_biz_4.jpgJob seekers fill out applications during a previous Times Leader Career Fair. Bill Tarutis | For Times Leader