Applicants and employers created a buzz as they exchanged information about work opportunities during a job fair in Oneonta on Wednesday.
About 35 businesses and organizations were signed up for the 2014 Job Fair at the Holiday Inn from 1 to 4 p.m. The Otsego County Chamber of Commerce presented the event, where employers handed out business cards and candidates submitted resumes or application forms.
Recently, the state Labor Department reported that February’s non-seasonally adjusted unemployment rates for the area reflected decreases from the previous year, and the number of private sector jobs is up.
In Otsego County, the unemployment rates in February 2014 and 2013 respectively were 7.6 percent and 8.9 percent. In Chenango County, the rates were 7.7 percent and 8.9 percent; Delaware, 8.3 percent and 9.9 percent, and in Schoharie, 9.8 percent and 11 percent.
The state’s private-sector job count increased by 117,200 between February 2014 and 2013, the Department of Labor said in a media release Tuesday. As reported last week, the state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate remained unchanged at 6.8 percent in February 2014.
The state economy added 12,800 private-sector jobs in February 2014, bringing the state’s private-sector employment count to a record high of 7,543,100 jobs, the release said.
Several local employers at Wednesday’s event said the job fair does result in matches between jobs and applicants. Candidates may be referred to apply online, but putting in a personal appearance can make a difference, they said. And a few job-seekers said they liked the chance to check out multiple opportunities in one location.
Springbrook, The Home Depot, The Plains at Parish Homestead, Sidney Federal Credit Union, Realty USA, Ioxus, A.O. Fox Memorial Hospital, Bassett Healthcare, Oneonta Block Co. and Cooperstown Dreams Park were among the participants Wednesday.
The job fair was sponsored by CDO Workforce, a resource for employers and job-seekers, The Daily Star, Townquare Media and the Holiday Inn.