100 jobs available at Newport job fair

By Brandi Hodges - bio | email

NEWPORT, AR (KAIT) - If you're looking for a job, Newport may be the place to find one.  The fourth annual Newport Job Fair will be held on Thursday, July 16th at the Newport Economic Development Commission building in downtown Newport.

Jon Chadwell is the Executive Director of the NEDC.

"When we consider what's happening nationally, we're really proud that we've got twenty businesses and that we've got 100 jobs available in the community," said Chadwell.

He said they have high hopes for this job fair.

"If we can help a dozen, two dozen, three dozen people find a job to provide for their family then it's worth it.  It doesn't matter how many businesses set up or how many people come through," said Chadwell.

Chadwell said in the past a lot of people would come to look and see what jobs were out there that could be better than the job they already had.  This year he believes they will see many who really need a job, even if there aren't as many opportunities.

"What we have this year is half of what we've had open in years past so we can see some affect.  We usually have about 200 jobs open and we usually have about 200 people come to the job fair," said Chadwell.

Felicia Keith said her company has a booth every year and if nothing more, it's a good way to let people know you're there.

"It's a way for people to come together in Jackson County that do not know of jobs," said Keith.

For the first time since this event started there are two companies in need of part time workers.  The Jackson County Library is one of them.

"We have certain irregular part time work hours and this is a good way to match up with people who aren't looking for full time work," said Jackson County Library Director Darby Wallace.

There will be one manufacturer, two health care groups, three government organizations, and many more all looking for employees.  Chadwell expects between 50 and 60 people will find a job and between 200 and 300 people will fill out an application.

"Whether you find a job or you don't it's a great way to learn about your community learn about the businesses and just get familiar for further down the line," said Keith.

The job fair starts at noon on Thursday, July 16th and ends at 5 p.m.

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