ALBANY -- For those feeling the pain attached to metro Albany's preliminary unadjusted unemployment rate of 10.9 percent, there is some good news.
Officials with the Georgia Department of Labor announced last week that they would sponsor a career expo and job fair from 1 p.m.-4 p.m. Thursday at the Albany Civic Center.
Staff members from the Labor Department will be on hand to conduct workshops and assist job seekers with resume writing and online job applications.
The event will feature approximately 75 employers, educational institutions and resource agencies that give assistance to job seekers. Some employers will be hiring, while others will be discussing possible future employment opportunities. Other organizations will be providing resources to those looking for work.
"The response for this event from employers has been excellent," said state Labor Commissioner Michael Thurmond in a news release. "Hopefully, this is an indication of good things to come in Southwest Georgia. Hiring in the private sector must occur across the state to allow our economy to fully recover.
"I encourage area job seekers to take full advantage of the resources that will be available at this career expo and job fair, as well as those at the Georgia Department of Labor's Albany Career Center."
Betty R. White, manager of the Albany Career Center, said that there may actually be more employers added to the list before the event takes place.
"The list has not been finalized," she said Friday. "We are still in the process of contacting employers."
Applicants should bring plenty of resumes and be prepared to fill out company applications, as well as interview for available job openings.
"Just be ready in case employers hire on the spot," White advised. "This event is very important because it will show us who is interested in going to work because all of these employers will be in one area.
"All we ask is that people come prepared. Don't take it for granted; be positive. Think: 'Today could be the day I get hired.'"
White added that a form of identification might also be helpful to have on hand.
Among the agencies expected to participate include: the Albany Fire Department, the Albany Police Department, Albany Technical College, AmeriCorps VISTA, AT&T, Central Monitoring, Columbus Fire and Emergency Medical Services, Cumulus Media, Dougherty County Police Department, Dougherty County Sheriff's Office, Equity Group, Experience Works, Georgia Department of Corrections/Albany P.A.R.C., www.gosmallbiz.com, Liberty National Insurance, Lowe's of Moultrie, Mediacom Communications, Papa John's Pizza, Rescare Homecare, SafeAire Heating and Cooling, Senior Life Insurance Company, SOWEGA Financial Services, Turner Job Corps, Tyson Foods, U.S. Army, U.S. Department of Agriculture/Food and Drug Administration, U.S. Navy, U.S. Secret Service and Waffle House.
"News has been getting around, so we are hoping for a great city-wide response," White said. "We don't just serve Dougherty, so are hoping to attract outside counties as well.
"We are going to show that the Department of Labor is serious about getting people to work. The unemployment rate is great, and we want to show the public we are concerned."
While other job fairs have been held in Albany before, this is the first one the Labor Department has hosted of this scale in the area that doesn't include anything besides a job fair.
The event is free and open to the public. For more information about the job fair, contact the career center at (229) 430-5010.