Job fair is not as popular as it was a few years ago

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Clio (WJRT) (7/18/17) A few years ago, when Michigan's unemployment rate was very high, people struggled to find work. But at a job fair Tuesday, there were few people attending even though many jobs are available.

Mott Community College held a job fair at its Clio Campus. While there were several companies looking to hire, there weren't a lot of people dropping off resume.

Mott set up two rooms for employers and recruiters to take resumes and talk to people.

"We just want to connect people to work and connect people to opportunities," said Aron Gerics, Mott Community College employment services coordinator.

But the number of people looking for work was down from previous years. Employers were not especially busy.

"Every person here has at least three or four different things that they're looking for, if not more. So there's definitely opportunities," said Kenneth Roberts, who dropped off some resumes.

The military and law enforcement were were represented but had few takers. One woman dropped by the job fair at the spur of the moment.

"I was actually driving down the street this morning, after dropping my son off at daycare and I saw the sign and I thought I might as well take a shot," said Stephanie Mitch.

Another woman was looking to return to Michigan after spending ten years in Florida.

"Something will come up. It might not be exactly what I'm looking for right now but there will be something," said Jennifer Bock.

There were very few teenagers or college-age students attending the job fair. Employers say those people don't often attend even though there are entry level positions available.

"It's the jobs that require experience that are difficult to fill. That's what they're having the tougher time with. That's why we're doing the fair. We wanted to show people there are jobs available," said Gerics.

Michigan's unemployment rate stands at 4.2%, one of the lowest levels in years.

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