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Carper, Coons, Carney host job fair for more than 2,600 job seekers

One hundred employers were on hand Monday to hire for more than 1,700 open positions

Jun 25 2012

WILMINGTON, Del. – A job fair hosted by U.S. Senators Tom Carper and Chris Coons, and U.S. Representative John Carney on Monday drew more than 2,600 job seekers who came to meet with 100 employers at the Chase Center on the Riverfront in Wilmington. Combined, the employers were hiring for more than 1,700 open positions.

"Recently, we have seen good signs that employers are gaining the confidence they need to accelerate hiring in the months ahead," Senator Carper said. "That is encouraging, and today's job fair was another step in getting Delawareans back to work."

“The job fairs we’ve hosted up and down the state are about changing lives by helping get our neighbors back to work,” Senator Coons said. “Things are starting to get better in our state and our country, and I think the fact that 100 employers came out today to hire for more than 1,700 open positions is a sign of that. Our goal for this and for each of our job fairs has been to help Delawareans access these new opportunities and resources for getting a job, and I’m optimistic that today’s job fair did that. I can’t wait to hear from our neighbors who found a job today, and remain fiercely committed to helping the Delawareans who weren't so fortunate.”

“Today’s job fair was about bringing together job seekers with employers who are looking to hire,” Congressman Carney said. “In today’s competitive job market, helping Delawareans connect with prospective employers can go a long way. I hope those who attended today left with opportunities and information they can use going forward, and I will continue working on ways to help Delawareans find employment and create jobs in our state.”

In 2012, the Congressional delegation hosted three jobs fairs across Delaware—one in each county—with a combined total of more than 4,000 job seekers attending. Last year’s job fairs—also held in each county—attracted more than 4,900 people looking for work.