Parkhurst says job fair illustrates troubles plaguing Illinois
Rep. Lindsay Parkhurst (R-Kankakee) saw the good and bad in a recent job fair she hosted in Kankakee, according to a press release.
She said she was glad to see so many employers, but the large number of job seekers – approximately 475 – pointed out the plight of Illinois residents in a bad economy.
"It’s clear people want to work," she said, according to the release. “This event, while a success, is indicative of failures in Springfield. The sheer number of participants at our fair makes it clear people in Illinois are struggling to find work or meaningful careers. We need to get serious in Springfield about improving the business climate here so we can bring jobs to where they’re needed.”
The fair allowed applicants to connect with 48 employers and benefit from three free workshops. Thirty-nine of the employers submitted survey responses about the fair and noted that they accepted nearly 1,000 resumes and expect to hire 414 people from the fair within the year.
The event, sponsored by Parkhurst and supported by Kankakee Community College, was hosted at the Knights of Columbus hall.
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