Despite low unemployment rate, thousands turn out for Dane County Job Fair

Despite low unemployment rate, thousands turn out for Dane County Job Fair

Madison’s unemployment rate dropped to 2.7 percent in January, and even with that decrease thousands of people poured into the Alliant Energy Center Wednesday for the Dane County Job Fair.

Fair attendee Barbara Hintz said she was happy to have so many options. More than 150 employers were on hand to fill 4,000 to 5,000 positions.

“It’s one of the few places that you can go and be able to be exposed to all the numbers of different employers that are out there,” Hintz said.

Employers, like Lisa Bethke with Exact Sciences, were ready to assist and accept resumes.

“We’ve had a good flow of candidates come through so far,” Bethke said.

She came with her company during the fall job fair and this time around saw quite a few more candidates.

“I think it’s a little bit more for this time of day than what we saw at the last career fair,” Bethke said.

Organizers with Dane County Job Center expected an increase in attendees after heavily advertising the event, but were also surprised, considering the low unemployment rate.

“Even with the unemployment rate as low as it is, we still have individuals seeking jobs,” said Joe Ledger, with Dane County Job Center.

Ledger said the need to fill them is there too.

“We talk to employers every day that are looking for people and (they say) it’s hard,” Ledger said.

It’s events like the job fair that help make filling positions possible.

“We’re making those connections,” Ledger said.

The Dane County Job Center is always willing to assist job seekers. It provides helpful tips and career fair listings on its website.