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Record number of employers and job seekers attend state senator’s annual job fair

ALBUQUERQUE, NM – For the past two years, employers have struggled to find workers. So it was an exciting day for many of them to be able to find new recruits at Senator Michael Padilla’s annual job fair.

Several records were broken during Wednesday’s participation. Nearly 150 employers were interested in having a booth, but there were only 115 places for them, and each person who hired had several positions to fill.

“It’s been a huge struggle not just for us but for all restaurants and it seems everywhere,” said Dan Garcia of Garcia Restaurants.

“It’s been very difficult, we’ve been at Workforce Solutions, we’re trying to get more involved, we just can’t get the interest to get people to come and work for us,” said Judy Luebbers of Metro Security. Services.

Even with those previous struggles, Padilla says he’s been impressed with the turnout of people looking for a job.

A record number of more than 5,000 job seekers showed up on Wednesday, CVs in hand. But this impressive number pales in comparison to the 6,400 job offers they have published.

“We’re hoping we can hire people from here, people come looking for applications and say they’re interested and so on, but that happens to us all year round and then they don’t show up,” Garcia said.

With more openings than workers, competition for employees is tough. But many employers are hoping today’s event will provide them with the candidates they need.

“We’ve had great conversations about what we’re looking for and the culture we offer, so I think it’s been a success so far, so it’s nice to see a group of people interested in re-entering the market. work,” Shellie said. Curley with Bee Hive Homes.

Now, the next step for many, many people after Wednesday’s event is hopefully to interview and find the right job for their skills.