Job fairs could be a herald of better economic times

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JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Job fairs are an excellent way for potential employees and employers to get together. The Region 8 Joblink Business Expo was held Tuesday at the Mall at Turtle Creek. Is a job fair an indicator of better times economically?

"I'm looking for something better, permanent."

Mike Stavely was one of many job seekers at the Employment Expo. Stavely said he has been looking for a better position for about a month. He has many skills to offer an employer.

"Sales experience, telemarketing experience, Assistant Management experience, warehousing, forklift."

Stavely is a fairly typical job-seeker. Looking to get on full-time using his experience.

Although not a large Employment Expo compared to some years, there were many options to choose from ranging from McDonald's Management to work at home customer service opportunities for a major company.

Asked if he thought economically speaking, things were getting better. Stavely seems guardedly optimistic.

"I believe it's getting better. The trend is some better especially in the Jonesboro area more so than some places."

Job availability is always a good economic indicator. So a temp agency may see the best and worst of times.

James Frans is the Marketing Director for A-I-D Temporary Services. Frans says 2010 was definitely different than 2009.

"We're the first ones that normally see it, especially when they start calling employees back. Instead of calling their full-time employees back they don't know how long their jobs are going to last. So they will start with temps and see how things go from there."

I asked Frans if he thought the recession was over and the economy was on the upswing?

"That's probably a no. And like I said I'm still not sure if we are out of it."

Both Frans and Stavely say the holidays will be a slow time for factories but retailers will more than likely be adding help.

And after the first of the year perhaps things will pick up even more.

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