Estimated 400 Job Seekers and 32 Employers Participate in All Industry and Manufacturing Job Fair

PROVIDENCE, RI – An estimated 400 area residents seeking work turned out for job openings in manufacturing and other industries today at a job fair hosted by Mayors Angel Taveras and Allan Fung at Roger Williams Casino in Providence. The fair featured 32 employers representing a wide range of companies that are actively hiring from across the state. Today’s event was the thirteenth in a series of free job fairs hosted by the two mayors. The series is sponsored by Workforce Solutions of Providence/ Cranston, the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce and the Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training.

“The current job market has openings for skilled workers, and yet many Rhode Islanders are in need of stable employment and economic opportunity. Our job fairs are helping to connect Rhode Islanders seeking work with employers who are looking to fill open positions,” said Mayor Taveras.

“Rhode Island has a rich history in manufacturing and it is crucial that we ensure that it remains part of our future. This job fair will help match employers with Rhode Islanders who have the skills they need to keep the industry a vibrant part of our economy. As Mayor, I will continue to do everything that I can to help my residents achieve economic success through employment opportunities like these industry specific job fairs,” said Mayor Fung.

Companies that participated in today’s fair included Alert Solutions, American Tele-Connect Services, Bank of America, Blount Fine Foods, Judge Technology Solutions, Lopco Contracting, MetLife, National Lumber, Providence Veterans Administration Medical Center, Remax City Side, RIBI Security, Symmetry Medical, Providence Public Schools, Toray Plastics America, Inc., UPS, Vibco Vibrators and Yushin America.

“The Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce is pleased to be a partner with the Cities of Providence and Cranston in this important effort. Through forums such as job fairs, employers gain access to qualified job seekers and at the same time save employers time and money in the search and hiring process,” said Laurie White, President of the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce.

The free, industry-specific job fairs were launched last year in an effort to target the unemployment rate in Rhode Island by aligning skilled workers with available jobs in local companies. To date, more than 1900 area residents and 317 companies have participated in the job fairs.

Upcoming job fairs are scheduled for:

  • April 22    1 pm – 3 pm                    Military/Veterans & Families (Prov. Career & Tech Academy)
  • May 14    1 pm – 3 pm                     Hospitality & Tourism (Roger Williams Park Casino)
  • June 24    12 pm – 3 pm                  Food Sciences & Culinary Arts Job Fair & Roundtable (PCTA)
  • Sept. 10    1 pm  – 3 pm                  Technology (Roger Williams Park Casino)
  • Oct. 15     1 pm – 3 pm                    Retail (Roger Williams Park Casino)
  • Nov. 12     1 pm – 3 pm                   All Industry & Manufacturing (Roger Williams Park Casino)

For more information on the upcoming job fairs, visit the City’s website.

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