WILMINGTON, Del. – A job fair hosted by U.S. Senators Tom Carper and Chris Coons, and U.S. Representative John Carney in conjunction with Brandywine Counseling and Community Services drew more than 2,000 job seekers to the Chase Center on the Riverfront to meet more than 90 employers from Delaware.
Companies such as AAA Mid Atlantic, Amazon, Bank of America, DoubleTree by Hilton Downtown, and Mountaire Farms received hundreds of applications and in some cases conducted on-the-spot interviews with candidates. Attendees also participated in workshops presented by the Office of Personnel Management on how to apply for federal jobs as well as a motivational and personal branding seminar by author S. Renee Smith.
“We just learned yesterday that jobless claims in the U.S. have fallen to the lowest level in three months,” said Senator Carper. “I’m encouraged by that and what I’m hearing from employers and job seekers across the state. However, I realize a lot of people are still unemployed and still hurting. I’m optimistic that our job fair today helped some of our unemployed or under-employed get on a path to gainful employment. I will keep working with Senator Coons and Congressman Carney to create a nourishing environment for job growth until we’ve got everyone back to work.”
"Even with unemployment in Delaware at a five-year low, many of our neighbors are still looking for work,” said Senator Coons. “We have a strong, dedicated workforce, ready and willing, as evidenced by today’s turnout, to fill open positions at our local businesses. These job fairs are a simple way to help connect Delawareans with real job opportunities and make a positive difference in our neighbors’ lives.”
"Today’s job fair connected nearly 2,000 job seekers with employers ready to hire," said Congressman Carney. "It’s an important opportunity for those who attended and walked away with information and connections that will help in their job search. It also shows that we have a lot more to do so that every Delawarean has the chance to work and support their family. I look forward to our next job fair later this year in Sussex County."
Since 2011, the Congressional delegation has hosted 19 job fairs in Delaware, including five specifically for veterans.