Lines shorter than ever at Forsyth County job fair

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Job seekers standing in line Tuesday. (Credit: ANDREW DYE/JOURNAL)

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — The Forsyth County employment fair drew the lowest number of participants ever in a turnout Tuesday that was befuddling, considering the area’s 9.4 percent unemployment rate.

The 16th event, held at the Joel Coliseum Annex, drew 2,235 participants, compared with previous attendance that ranged from 2,500 in 1999 to 5,250 in 2009.

There was no shortage of employers present. Among the 40 companies were BB&T Corp., Caterpillar Inc., John Deere/Hitachi, Inmar, Novant Health Inc., Reynolds American Inc. and Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.

“We felt we had publicized the job fair well enough, lining up employers that are actively recruiting for workers,” said Jaymie Eichorn, vice president of marketing and communications for Goodwill Industries of Northwest N.C., a sponsor of the event.

“In fact, we had companies calling us for booth space. It’s going to require some thinking about where we go from here, perhaps to smaller, industry-specific events.”

This article was written by Richard Craver and originally published by The Winston-Salem Journal. Click here to read more.