Carson, Ivy Tech team up for 4th annual job fair

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Rep. André Carson and Ivy Tech Community College are teaming up Tuesday for the fourth annual Central Indiana Job Fair.

From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., more than 1,400 job seekers are expected to meet about 65 employers with open positions.  The job fair has been moved to a different location this year, the Ivy Tech Corporate College at 2820 N. Meridian St. in Indianapolis.

Open positions range from entry-level to management and are in a variety of industries, including manufacturing, healthcare, retail, logistics and transportation, among others.  A career resource center offering resume advice and computer access for online applications will be on hand.

“There are definitely jobs available and that’s been proven by the response we’ve had from employers wanting to come to the event,” said Alisha Raider, Marketing and Communications Director at Ivy Tech Community College.  “They’re looking for skilled workers, individuals who are hardworking dedicated [and] committed to the workforce.”

Indiana’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in June went practically unchanged from the year before at 8.4 percent, according to the Indiana Department of Workforce Development.  The Indianapolis metro area had an unemployment rate of 7.9 percent in June, the same as June 2012, and Marion County reduced its rate to 8.8 percent in June from 8.9 percent a year earlier, according to the department.

Blake Johnson, a spokesperson for Rep. Carson, said that’s why the congressman has been putting on these job fairs.

“A lot of Hoosiers are still out of work.  We’ve seen a lot of progress over the past several years.  We’ve added 7.2m jobs in the private sector. The manufacturing industry, the auto industry, they’re all bouncing back, but that doesn’t mean the work’s over,” Johnson said.  “So Congressman Carson believes that we need every opportunity possible for people that are looking for work and this job fair does that in a big way.”