Gov. Kay Ivey says her passion is for everyone who wants a job to have a job.
“But not just any job,” said Ivey, who was in Gadsden on Tuesday to attend her first regional job fair. “I want them to have a job that meets their skill level and encourages those people to upgrade those skill levels.”
The event, held at 210 At The Tracks and orchestrated by the Alabama Department of Labor, was the sixth of seven regional job fairs scheduled to be held across the state.
Ivey last week announced that Alabama’s unemployment rate declined from 5.1 percent in April to 4.8 percent in May.
“We have more people working today than we have had in 10 years,” Ivey said at a press conference before the job fair. “That’s huge news, that’s the lowest [unemployment] has been in the last nine years.”
Still, Alabama’s May unemployment rate represents more than 107,000 people who do not have work. Fitzgerald Washington, secretary of the Department of Labor, who also attended the job fair and spoke at the press conference, said more than 7,000 of them are in this region. Washington welcomed Ivey to the job fair and said for those wanting to make a change in their lives, “this is the place to be.”
Prior to the opening of the event to the public, Ivey made her way from booth to booth, meeting and welcoming employers who had come to the job fair with more than 3,200 open positions to fill in the region.
She thanked the employers for the time, effort and energy they put into participating in the event.
“We want to put those who want a job in touch with those who are hiring,” Ivey said.
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