October 25, 2014

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More than 600 jobseekers attend fair

MEDINA — More than 600 jobseekers met with potential employers during a three-hour job fair at Brunswick High School, Medina County Commissioners were told Tuesday.

The fair on Friday drew 32 Northeast Ohio companies and offered more than 200 positions jobseekers could apply for, said William Hanigan, director of the Medina County Workforce Development Department.

Hanigan, who reported on the success of the fair at Tuesday’s commissioners’ meeting, said Home Depot had more than 300 applicants.

The fair was organized by U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci, R-Wadsworth. Megan Taylor, Renacci’s communications director, said jobs are one of the biggest concerns for constituents.

“Jim wanted to do his part at home to connect the employers with employees,” she said.

Renacci said he is hopeful the fair was beneficial for both parties.

“Our labor force participation rate indicates that more and more people are dropping out of the workforce or giving up their search for work altogether,” Renacci said in a statement. “We can and must be doing more to help our job creators hire and expand.”

Contact reporter Katie Anderson at (330) 721-4012 or kanderson@medina-gazette.com.