Job Fair Inside State Fair

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Organizers say 77 employers will be looking for employees at the Ohio State Fair through Friday.(Photo: Karen Kasler, Ohio Public Radio)
Organizers say 77 employers will be looking for employees at the Ohio State Fair through Friday.(Photo: Karen Kasler, Ohio Public Radio)

The Ohio State Fair isn’t just fried food, animals and fun and games.

One state agency is all business at this year’s Fair.

Not far from the rides…next door to the sheep barns, and just off the stretch where all things fried are served up, is the Marketplace. It’s like a giant refrigerator in the summer heat, and tucked away in this building at the Ohio State Fair is a different kind of fair.

“It’s an actual working job fair,” says Michael Colbert, the director the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.

“We’ve got some 77 employers to date that are now going to be here through the 11 days of the fair, and they’ve actually signed on to do interviews, and some of them will actually do hiring,” Colbert says.

Colbert says this is the second go-round for the Ohio State Fair Job Fair.

9,000 people came through his agency’s booth last year, and while he doesn’t have any figures on how many people got hired, he calls it a success because people connected with employers, and more employers signed on this year to take advantage of the possibility of talking to some of the more than 800,000 people who are estimated to visit this year’s fair.

“I think the real success is making the contact with the employer, getting an interview, and having a probability of getting a job. Of course, we can’t guarantee a job. But if you’re talking to an employer, you got a better chance of getting a job.”

The booth also includes information on other benefits and opportunities available to unemployed Ohioans via the Ohio Benefit Bank.

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