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Businesses, job seekers turn out for annual job fair

Area job-hunters looking for work or a chance to find a better job met with prospective employers Tuesday at the Vicksburg Convention Center.

A total of 42 companies were ready to meet with the estimated 400 people attending the annual Vicksburg Job Fair in the convention center exhibit hall to talk about openings, pay, benefits and other information about their companies.

Organizations ready for the potential applicants included the city’s four casinos, the capital of Vicksburg and the Vicksburg Police and Fire departments, Entergy, the FBI, state agencies, Unified Brands, Continental Tire and other businesses and industries.

“We’re hiring all trades — welders, pipefitters, pipe welders, electricians, painters,” said Gene Ivey, a recruiter for Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagoula. “We’re looking to hire 3,000 to 4,000 people over the next two years. We’ve got $24 billion in backlog.”

Adam Todd, director of the Governor’s Job Fair Network, said attendance was strong.

“We’ve already had 200 people and we’ve been open an hour,” Todd said about 10 a.m. Tuesday. “We’ve got about 40 companies looking to hire and we’ve got people looking for jobs, and that’s a good day for Vicksburg.”

“It went very well,” Job Fair chairman Don Brown said. “I’m really pleased with the quality of the employers we had, and the attendees who came. They looked like they were ready to get a job and put their best foot forward. Talking to the employers, they were very pleased with everything.

“It’s such a quality event, I think it’s well worth the effort in getting people face to face with the employers. Everybody seemed very pleased.”

About John Surratt

John Surratt is a graduate of Louisiana State University with a degree in general studies. He has worked as an editor, reporter and photographer for newspapers in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. He has been a member of The Vicksburg Post staff since 2011 and covers city government. He and his wife attend St. Paul Catholic Church and he is a member of the Port City Kiwanis Club.

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