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EDC plans area job fair

The Roswell-Chaves County Economic Development Corp. wants to help with the job situation in the area with an upcoming event. (Lisa Dunlap Photo)

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As numerous electronic billboards and signs displayed at local businesses indicate, quite a number of employers in the county are looking for some workers.

To answer the need of area employers, as well as job seekers, a free community job fair is planned within the next few weeks.

The Roswell-Chaves County Economic Development Corp. is organizing the event, said its president, Mike Espiritu.

“I think we will have a good turnout — I am hoping. So many businesses need help desperately,” he said. “There is such a need by employers in Roswell.”

The event is scheduled for May 25, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., at the Roswell Convention Center, 912 N. Main St.

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Any employer in the county can participate, whether a private company or a public agency.

The invitation to local employers was issued Thursday, so which employers might participate was not known for certain. Espiritu said that he did expect Chaves County and the city of Roswell to have representatives there.

Espiritu said that he had heard specifically from car dealerships and service industries, especially restaurants, about their need for employees.

He said he also heard from local business owners that had gotten word of the city of Roswell job event held Monday and indicated that they wanted a similar opportunity. The city event brought in more than 140 job applicants, according to city officials.

Espiritu said that job seekers should come to the Roswell Convention Center prepared.

“We will ask that the job seekers come in ready for an interview with their information, with resumes, experience, and, as always, dressed for success,” he said.

Espiritu added that his organization could organize other job events, depending on the number of employers and job seekers.

“If this job fair is overwhelmed with potential employees, which I hope it is, then we will do another one to continue to help our business community,” he said.

The Chaves County unemployment rate in March 2021 was 7.7%, according to data published on the New Mexico Workforce Solutions website. That means that about 2,242 people were actively searching for work but unable to find a job that month. The total number of people in the workforce in the area for March was counted at 29,128.

In March 2020, the unemployment rate was 5.3%. In March 2019, the rate was 4.5%, with 1,244 active job seekers.

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