HADLEY, Mass. (WWLP) – Unemployment rates have slightly improved across the Commonwealth. Despite this data, local businesses are still scrambling to fill open positions.
An in-person job fair was held at the Hampshire Mall on Wednesday from 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. The event was opportunity for job seekers to submit applications and resumes to multiple businesses actively looking for workers.
“We thought we’d open it up to the public and utilize the space,” said Jim Geraghty, Advertising Manager from Pyramid Management Group.
The Hampshire County Sheriff’s office was at the event Wednesday looking for new security and medical staff. “The last year and a half we had with the pandemic, there was definitely a big burn out in the medical field, so we’re experiencing some turnover,” said Michele Lyons, Director of Human Resources at the Hampshire County Sheriff’s office.
Another local organization that set up a table at the fair was the Greenfield Savings Bank. Senior Operations Officer Shandra Richardson told 22News, “We have multiple positions available right now. We’re looking at our retail branch space, so tellers and customer service representatives.”
Hospitality industries are booming right now. Which is why its more important than ever they find staff.
“Really, we’re probably busier than we can handle right now. So we’re really hoping to get some great members of the community, who would want to work in some of those customer facing positions,” said Deborah Hermance, General Manager of the Inn in Boltwood.
Employers are optimistic that more people will enter the job market, since the $300 federal unemployment benefit ended earlier this month. Many businesses are also offering hiring bonuses.
Below is the current list of employers that were at the job fair:
- Amherst Innovative Living
- C&S Wholesale Grocers
- Cooley Dickinson
- Greenfield Savings Bank
- Hampshire County Sheriff’s Office
- Inn on Boltwood
- Stop & Shop Amherst
- UMass Amherst
- U.S. Marines
- Yankee Candle