Updated 04/12/2012 05:46 PM
Career fair in Albany one of eight held statewide
More than 5,400 available jobs offered at eight different locations. Thursday was the New York State sponsored career fair. YNN's Beth Croughan tells us about those that came to the capital in search of a position.
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ALBANY, N.Y. -- Jim Liddle navigated his way through people, in search of a prospective employer. Thursday, he visited the state sponsored career fair at the Empire State Plaza.
The Schenectady resident has 14 years of experience in customer service but has struggled to find work since being laid off two years ago.
"It's been very hard, with the difficult economy, lots of different factors unfortunately," Liddle said.
While the state's unemployment rate for February was recorded at just over nine percent, the economy did add more than 21,000 private-sector jobs. It's a sign the Department of Labor spokesperson thinks will give job seekers like Liddle hope.
"The message we want to get across today and every day moving forward, is there are companies that are hiring. Right now today, we have 128 examples of those companies that are hiring right now," said Leo Rosales of the New York State Department of Labor.
There were more than 1,800 jobs listed at this year's job fair in Albany and for the first time, some of the more than 100 businesses even offered on-site interviews.
"This is really one of the biggest career fairs statewide that they has ever sponsored," said Rosales.
For those still searching after Thursday, Rosales recommended visiting the Department of Labor's website. He said more than 50,000 job openings are online.