Job fair looks to fill gaps in workforce

Jobs HQ hosted a job fair in Rochester to give a networking opportunity for both employers and future employees.

Posted: Sep. 26, 2018 5:46 PM
Updated: Sep. 26, 2018 5:55 PM

ROCHESTER, Minn. – Right now in Minnesota, there aren’t enough people to fill all the job openings.

That’s according to Jen Strand who’s a recruitment marketing consultant at Jobs HQ.

The company hosted a job fair in Rochester on Wednesday, in hopes of providing a networking outlet.

Michelle Oachs moved to Rochester a couple weeks ago, and is currently looking for work.

“There are a lot of jobs out there,” Oachs said. “So it's just trying to find out where I fit in but a lot of opportunity here.”

According to Strand, there are 142,000 job openings across Minnesota and at least 9,600 of those are in the southeast region.

“As the economy grows, as Rochester grows, I don't foresee it becoming easier for companies,” Strand said. “It's easier for job seekers.”

Jobs HQ plans to host future job fairs at Rochester Community and Technical College.

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