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Governor Rell: Groton Career Fair Offers Employment Opportunities for Job Seekers

For immediate release
October 29, 2007

Job seekers in the New London area will have an opportunity to advance their career goals by visiting the Connecticut Department of Labor's Connecticut Job Fair taking place October 30 at the Groton Inn and Suites, Groton, Governor M. Jodi Rell said today.


"This free job fair provides plenty of opportunities for individuals seeking a job or hoping to make a new career move," Governor Rell said. "More than 50 companies are registered for the fair and hope to hire employees into jobs that range from entry-level to highly-skilled positions."


The Groton event marks the Department of Labor's final job fair for the fall season. For the past 12 years, the agency's job and career fairs, held in the spring and fall, have successfully matched employers with job seekers. The event will run from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.


"Over the last ten years, employment in the Norwich and New London area has increased by nearly 11 percent - more than double that of the state as a whole during the same period," Governor Rell noted. "In the past year alone, the area has gained in a variety of sectors, including the trade, transportation and utilities, educational and health services, and leisure and hospitality sectors.


"With 600 new jobs gained by the state as a whole in September, total employment now stands at 1,702,800.  Connecticut has gained close to 20,000 jobs over the year, and companies, including those in eastern part of our state, are seeking job candidates to fill a variety of positions."


Companies at the job fair include Bank of America, Clinical Laboratory Partners, General Dynamics Electric Boat, Jones Lang LaSalle, Lawrence and Memorial Hospital, Rand-Whitney, Rhodes Technologies and Sheffield Pharmaceuticals.


Also at the fair will be Certified Professional Résumé Writers from the Labor Department who will work one-on-one with individuals. This service, which can cost hundreds of dollars when done through a private service, is often the key to getting the attention of potential employers.


"Based on the Department of Labor's ten-year forecast, nearly 4,800 workers will be needed annually in the Norwich-New London area to replace workers who retire or leave the workforce for other reasons," Governor Rell said. "In addition, on average over the ten-year period, another 2,200 people will be needed to fill new jobs that will be created in the area. Looking at the region's growth activity, the Groton job fair offers excellent employment opportunities for individuals who have professional, technical, administrative or production backgrounds, as well as those who are just entering the workforce."


Federal and state veterans' benefits information booths, Internet access to employer applications, and job postings will also be available on the agency's mobile office, The Career Express, which will be onsite for the day.

Media Contact: Nancy Steffens  (860) 263-6535

200 Folly Brook Boulevard, Wethersfield, CT 06109 / Phone: 860-263-6000

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