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Governor Rell Urges Job Seekers to Check Out Career Opportunities at East Hartford Job Fair Tuesday

For Immediate Release            

CONTACT: Adam Liegeot, 860-524-7313

October 1 , 2007

Governor M. Jodi Rell said today that job seekers will have an opportunity to advance their career goals by visiting the Connecticut Department of Labor's Connecticut Job Fair taking place October 2 at the Rentschler Field Ballroom in East Hartford.

"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 80 companies are registered for the fair and hope to hire employees into jobs that range from entry-level to highly-skilled positions."

The East Hartford event marks the first of three job fairs that the Labor Department is holding this fall and represents the 12th year that the Connecticut Career Fairs series has successfully matched employers with job seekers.  The event will run from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and there is plenty of parking.

"Employment in Connecticut set a new record in September and this state has seen healthy activity in terms of companies expanding and moving into our state," the Governor noted. "With 1,200 new jobs gained in August, our total employment now stands at 1,701,600 - and companies continue to look for additional job candidates.

"Based on the Labor Department's 10-year forecast, approximately 17,000 workers will be needed annually in the Greater Hartford area to replace workers who retire or leave the workforce for other reasons and another 5,000 people will be needed to fill new jobs," the Governor added. "Looking at our state's growth activity, the East Hartford job fair offers an excellent opportunity for individuals who have professional, technical, administrative or production backgrounds, as well as those who are just entering the workforce."

Also at the job 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.

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.

"Financial services, a pillar in the Hartford region's economic base, has expanded its workforce by 800 over the past year and manufacturing employment has held steady in the area, despite the fact that much of the nation has seen a decline," Governor Rell added. "With education and health services seeing an increase of close to 1,500 jobs, and business services up by 1,300, all signs indicate that companies in the Hartford area are looking for employees."

A second job fair will be held Oct. 16 in Waterbury at the Connecticut Grand Hotel, while the Groton Inn & Suites will provide a regional job fair for individuals in the New London region on Oct. 30. Both will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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