Dozens of employers have signed up. People can register for it by visiting www.TheJobCenter.org/JobFair. There is no cost to attend the job fair and this event fulfills Ohio’s work search requirement to receive unemployment benefits.
Mike Zimmerman, spokesman for Montgomery County Business Services, said the county expects a high number of people to come to the job fair because the state is ending additional unemployment benefits on June 26. More than 70 companies have now signed up for the fair.
“There’s a lot of companies out there, hiring for a lot of positions right now, and we just really hope that people take advantage of this opportunity because these companies are looking to hire like, right now,” Zimmerman said.
Montgomery County Commissioner Debbie Lieberman said the virtual job fair will include “some pretty heavy hitters” in the region.
“These are some great employers,” she said. “So this is a great opportunity to meet representatives that are hiring for these open positions.”
Many people left the work force last year at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic as the shut downs closed many businesses, parents had to care for children home from school or child care centers and workers worried about their health. Now that vaccines are available and many of the state orders around the COVID-19 pandemic have been rescinded, the economy is reopening and jobs are going unfilled.
Some employers, desperate for workers, have offered incentives unlike any they have before. Hollywood Gaming at Dayton Raceway says new employees are eligible for a $750 sign-on bonus once they have completed their first 90 days of employment. The raceway has multiple job openings available.
The company will also be at the job fair Wednesday.
With extra unemployment benefits ending this week, Wright State economics Professor Kevin Willardsen said he believes that may also begin to incentivize people to go back to work. He cautioned, however, that the return of workers will likely be slow.
“I don’t expect that would be a flood of workers, but I do expect workers to come back into the back into the workforce,” he said.
Staff writers Chris Stewart and Tom Gnau contributed.