Job fair highlights improving Indy business climate

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INDIANAPOLIS – More than 400 jobs are up for grabs in the city Tuesday at a huge job fair. Those jobs range from entry-level to skilled.

State analysts believe it’s a sign the local economy is improving.

Monday night, the lobby was empty at Lakeview Church on the west side. But Tuesday, that place will be packed, tables full of job seekers and employers.

“We had 1,800 job seekers come through here last year,” said City-County Councillor Marilyn Pfisterer, “It will be difficult to hear yourself talk tomorrow.”

This is year number ten for Pfisterer sponsoring her job fair.

“If we’re going to address crime, if we’re going to address tax issues, if we’re going to address all the ills here in Marion County, people need to have work,” said Pfisterer.

But for the tenth year, Pfisterer made a change. Any company that’s setting up shop must have ten jobs to give.

“We felt like we might be able to step up to the plate just a little bit more and ask that they have ten. Many have 25 to 50 job openings,” she said.

More than 40 companies are on the list. Some of the ones with 20 or more jobs include Fed-Ex Ground, Lowe’s Hope Improvement, Regent Aerospace, and the state of Indiana.

If it sounds like the business climate in Indianapolis is better, Joe Frank with the Indiana Department of Workforce Development said it is.

“We’ve really made a remarkable change from especially last year, and the last couple of years,” said Frank.

Unemployment rates from the past three years show the change.

In February 2012, unemployment in the metro area sat at 8.2 percent. Last February, in 2013, it was 8.5 percent. But in February 2014, unemployment in Indy sat at 6.2 percent.

“Businesses are starting to invest more. It’s a great workforce, and employers are starting to hire more than they have over the past couple of years,” said Frank.

It’s a positive trend City-County Councillor Pfisterer hopes will continue on Tuesday.

“I want people to be able to know that when they walk through the door, they have a good chance at getting a job,” she said.

The job fair starts at 10 a.m. at Lakeview Church on the city’s west side. It runs until 2 p.m.

The address for the church is 47 Beachway Drive, Indianapolis, 46224.

Here’s a list of employers that will be attending.

  • Aaron’s, Inc.
  • Anthem Hoosier Healthwise
  • Atterbury Job Corps Center
  • Butler Macdonald
  • Christel House Academy
  • Cintas Corporation
  • Citizens Energy Group
  • City of Indianapolis & Marion County
  • Coca-Cola
  • EmployIndy/WorkOne
  • Eskenazi Health
  • Essential Employment
  • Express Employment Professionals
  • Express Scripts
  • Fastenal Company
  • Fed-Ex Ground
  • Fresh Coat
  • Health & Hospital Corporation
  • Hilton Indianapolis Hotel & Suites
  • Hoosier Occupational Training Services
  • Indianapolis Airport Authority
  • Indianapolis Fire Department
  • Indianapolis Housing Agency
  • Indianapolis Motor Speedway
  • Indianapolis Public Transportation/ IndyGo
  • Lakeview Church
  • LGC Associates
  • LGS Staffing
  • Lowe’s Home Improvement
  • Marion County Sheriff’s Office
  • MSD of Wayne Township
  • National Youth Advocate Program
  • Regent Aerospace
  • Regions Financial
  • Rescare Residential
  • Speedway Convenience Stores
  • State of Indiana
  • True Blue/Labor Ready
  • Wayne Township Trustee’s Office
  • White Castle
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