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|Hundreds Attend Local Job Fair
|A room on the Carl Sandburg College campus Tuesday had a lot of hope, likely on both sides of the display tables in place.
The display tables were for area employers, and on the other side were an estimated three-hundred or more attendees of Carl Sandburg College's 21st annual Job Fair -- one that the city of Galesburg got involved in this year.
State Senator John Sullivan spoke to the crowd among other politicians who were in attendance. The Rushville Democrat tells WGIL the employment situation is good right now, and getting better.
"It's absolutely better because there are people hiring," Sullivan said. "Now that's not to say we're back to where we were ten years ago, I think we've turned the corner, I think we've turned the corner."
Some job-seekers, though, say they're cautiously optimistic about the job market.
One of the businesses at the job fair was Brimfield-based Kress Corporation, where Gordon Henderson tells WGIL they need to find people, and are having a hard time doing it.
"There aren't a lot of skilled manufacturing people that are out there looking for work," he said. Welders, machinists, assembly mechanics-- it's very difficult to find the skilled people."
Henderson blames the trouble on the decline overall of the manufacturing sector. But he says Kress is looking to hire 20 to 30 welders and machine operators to add to their 275 person workforce.
Henderson says overall, though, despite the frustration, business is very good, the economy is on an upswing, and it's a good time to be an employer.
(State Sen. John Sullivan speaks at the CSC Job Fair Tuesday. WGIL News Story by Will Stevenson, photo by Chris Postin.)
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