BUILD YOUR CAREER. FIND A JOB. COME TO GOODWILL OF THE COASTAL EMPIRE’S CAREER FAIR FOR A JUMPSTART

BUILD YOUR CAREER. FIND A JOB. COME TO GOODWILL OF THE COASTAL EMPIRE’S CAREER FAIR FOR A JUMPSTART

Networking event to take place during Goodwill Industries® Week

Brunswick, GA / Statesboro, GA / Waycross, GA — The number of people applying for jobless benefits are the lowest they’ve been since March 1973, according to a recent report from the U.S. Department of Labor. Although the labor market continues to strengthen despite a sluggish economy, there are still thousands of people looking for jobs and many job openings left unfilled.

While some economists believe that jobless claims are running low and that the economy is creating a lot of jobs, Elise Gould, an economist for the Economic Policy Institute — a think tank affiliated with the labor movement — noted that, “Despite companies adding jobs, in the United States, there are still 14 job seekers for every 10 openings.”

The number of job openings compared to workers who are unemployed also varies considerably depending on the industry. For example, there were 1.1 million job openings in professional and business services, compared to 880,000 workers who were unemployed in that industry. At the same time, in construction, there were 150,000 jobs for 600,000 workers who are unemployed — or four workers for every open construction job in a period ending in December 2015. Some have debated that the unfilled jobs are vacant due to a skills gap.

“Closing the skills gap requires a commitment to retraining and educating our workforce and investing in workers of all ages, from students to seniors,” said Jennifer Tucker, Senior Director of Workforce Development. “For workers who are unemployed or underemployed that need to gain specific skills, community colleges are a viable option to propel them into new jobs and careers. Goodwill is a resource for credentialing and training in the community and has helped connect people to jobs since 1902.”

As North America’s leading nonprofit provider of job training, employment placement services and other community-based programs, Goodwill® is helping people overcome challenges that prevent them from finding and keeping good jobs.

As part of that ongoing effort, Goodwill of the Coastal Empire will join with other Goodwill organizations around the United States and Canada to host career fairs in May as part of Goodwill Industries Week.

This year’s job fairs take place at the following dates/times/locations:

Brunswick: Wednesday, May 4 at 10 a.m. @ 249 Village @ Glynn Place
Statesboro: Thursday May 5, 2016 at 2 p.m. @ 24015 Highway 80 East
Waycross: Thursday May 5, 2016 at 1:00 PM @ 2101 Memorial Drive

The sale of donated goods at Goodwill of the Coastal Empire stores and online helps fund its job placement and training services. Everyone in the community can do their part by donating things they no longer need to Goodwill of the Coastal Empire.

For more information about Goodwill Industries Week and to find in-person career fairs or to attend a career fair, visit www.GoodwillSavannah.org or https://goodprospects.goodwill.org/events .

MEDIA ADVISORY::

WHO: Goodwill of the Coastal Empire

WHAT: Hosting Multiple Job Fairs

WHEN / WHERE:
Brunswick: Wednesday, May 4 at 10 a.m. @ 249 Village @ Glynn Place
Statesboro: Thursday May 5, 2016 at 2 p.m. @ 24015 Highway 80 East
Waycross: Thursday May 5, 2016 at 1:00 PM @ 2101 Memorial Drive

WHY: For workers who are unemployed or underemployed that need to gain specific skills, community colleges are a viable option to propel them into new jobs and careers. Goodwill is a resource for credentialing and training in the community and has helped connect people to jobs since 1902.

NOTES: As part of that ongoing effort, Goodwill of the Coastal Empire will join with other Goodwill organizations around the United States and Canada to host career fairs in May as part of Goodwill Industries Week.
RSVP: N/a

CONTACT:

Cynthia Barnes
Senior Director of Community Engagement
Office 912.436.6238
Mobile 912.346.1448
Fax 912.436.6239

Goodwill of the Coastal Empire, Inc.

Goodwill of the Coastal Empire, Inc.

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