BY JAMES HARPER, DAYTONA TIMES: Last August, thousands of job seekers lined up for hours at a time to attend a series of job fairs convened by members of the Congressional Black Caucus in five cities around the country.
The potential for as many to turnout at a job fair hasn’t deterred Daytona Beach officials from organizing their own job fair.
“Our goal for this job fair is to bring employers who have current and future openings together at one venue for our citizens,” said Betty Goodman, Daytona Beach assistant to the city manager.
Joe’s Crab Shack, scheduled to open May 28 on the pier in Daytona Beach, along with 27 employers so far will be participating on March 29 in a job fair being sponsored by the city, according to Goodman.
Goodman said Joe’s Crab Shack will be hiring 300 employees.
“Economic growth is a key goal of the city. The City of Daytona Beach periodically sponsors job fairs whereby other employers are invited to participate,” she continued.
Goodman said through the city’s Economic Development Division, Daytona Beach also is working with other employers such as Teledyne Oil & Gas, Daytona Beverages, and ARK Daytona – all companes with current openings.
Volusia County’s January unemployment rate stands at 10 percent.
According to the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, Florida’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in January 2012 was 9.6 percent, the lowest since March 2009 when the rate also was 9.6 percent. The state’s unemployment rate was down 0.3 percentage point from December 2011.
The national unemployment rate held at 8.3 percent from January to February.
The Florida county with the highest unemployment is Flagler at 13.5. Volusia ranks 24th out of the state’s 67 counties.
High Black rate
Last year’s recession adversely affected the Black community as African-Americans have yet to recover from the recent economic downturn.
According to the most recent available statistics from July of last year, White unemployment was 10.2 percent; Hispanic unemployment was 13.6 percent while Black joblessness was the highest at 16.7 percent.
Opportunity for employers
Goodman noted that the job fair also will be a great opportunity for employers in Daytona Beach and the surrounding areas to join in this initiative to recruit talented and qualified applicants.
The job fair is Thursday, March 29, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Volusia Mall, 1700 W. International Speedway Blvd., Daytona Beach. The fair will take place near the food court area.
Other employers expected to participate include Bright House Networks, the Center for Business Excellence and Volusia County Government.
City spokesman Susan Cerbone said employers are looking for candidates to fill hundreds of part and full-time jobs from entry-level positions to management and engineering positions.
“All applicants are encouraged to bring copies of their resumes and references. Professional or business attire is recommended,” Cerbone said.
There is no cost to attend the job fair.
For more information, contact Goodman at 386-671-8203 or via e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org