Available Jobs for Available Employees in Newport

NEWPORT, AR (KAIT) -- It's a common problem for cities in Region 8, it's seems there are never enough good jobs for the people who need them.  But according to one Region 8 city, they have a couple hundred jobs just waiting for the right people to come along and get them.

"Newport is on the grow.  We're growing very rapidly and we've got jobs available for people," said Jim Gowen, Sr., Chairman and CEO of Merchants and Planters Bank in Newport.

A steady stream of people flooded the Newport Business Resource Center on Thursday looking for jobs.

Job seeker Alicia Davis said she hopes to find the right fit for her.

"I'm a former Newport resident and I just graduated from college.  I'm here looking at the different opportunities that are available," said Alicia Davis.

And if the turnout of both companies and potential employees is any indication, there are opportunities.  And those opportunities seem to be growing every year.

"Newport, several years ago, was having a lot of difficulty.  We were losing jobs.  We couldn't provide sufficient jobs for people, and today that has turned around and we're doing a much better job," said Gowen.

Whether they're unemployed or just looking for a better paying job, every person who walked through the door was provided applications and multiple copies to pass out.

"We're just getting a variety of people looking for all kinds of jobs today.  We do in-home services and we've gotten about 20 applications," said RN Manager of the White River Area Agency on Aging Carol Jackson.

"We have hired some employees through this.  We have about 300 employees and have about fifteen openings currently," said Harris Hospital Human Resource Manager Margaret Gates.

This year there were thirty venders at the job fair.  They even had to turn some people away because there wasn't enough room.  They hope to be able to add more booth space next year.

"I'm happy that we have something in our home town that we can come to and find jobs.  It's really good for the community," said Davis.

"This is a great way to connect the people who are looking for jobs with those of us looking for people to work," said Jackson.

This is a great way to let people know about jobs, even companies they may not know about.

For more information about how you can get a job in Newport you can contact the Newport Economic Development Commission at 870-523-1009 or director@newportaredc.org.