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Chamber announces Job Fair this Friday

DEWAYNE HOLLOWAY/dewayne@mcnews.online

MOUNT IDA – It is no secret that COVID-19 has wreaked havoc on the employment landscape and Montgomery County is no exception. The Mount Ida Area Chamber of Commerce has scheduled a job far to help local businesses connect with people looking to get back to work.

The Job Fair will be held Friday, May 21, at the Montgomery County Annex located at 117 Ray Drive in Mount Ida.

Chamber Director Gail Pitts-Holloway stated that they are excited to announce that they currently have 10 businesses committed to the event. They include:

Action Realty

Area Agency on Aging

Bob’s Food City

Caddo Hills Schools

El Diamante

Lions Den Nutritional Drinks

Montgomery County Assisted Living

Montgomery County Nursing Home

Mountain Harbor Resort

River View Cabins and Canoes

Recent employment reports show a disappointing trend nationally with only 25 percent of the jobs projected to be filled actually filled in April. It isn’t difficult to find help wanted signs in Montgomery County either as businesses open back up to full capacity in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic.

While many blame federal unemployment subsidies for the reluctance to return to work for many, a recent announcement by Governor Asa Hutchinson revealed that Arkansas will cease these subsidies at the end of June.

The Chamber’s job fair gives local residents an opportunity to beat the rush in June as some prepare to return to work.

One bright spot in the April report is that tourism and hospitality jobs saw some of  the strongest growth across the county. Montgomery County has a host of jobs in the sector available among other jobs.

For more information please contact Gail at (870) 997-7715.

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