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Scott Walker, Governor
Reginald J. Newson, Secretary

Department of Workforce Development
Secretary's Office

201 E. Washington Avenue
P.O. Box 7946
Madison, WI 53707-7946
Telephone: (608) 266-3131
Fax: (608) 266-1784
Email: sec@dwd.wisconsin.gov

Thursday, October 09, 2014
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DWD Secretary Welcomes Job Seekers, Employers to Bay Area Career Expo

At over 130 registered employers and 3,000 job openings, recruitment event is largest of its kind

GREEN BAY – Department of Workforce Development (DWD) Secretary Reggie Newson today welcomed job seekers and employers to the third annual Bay Area Career Expo, which offered 3,000 job openings, the most employment opportunities of any career expo since DWD began the special recruiting events in 2012.

"Employer interest and the employment opportunities exceeded expectations," Secretary Newson said. "But it comes as no surprise, given Wisconsin's steadily improving economy and job market. We're seeing a competitive job market across the board with opportunities in virtually all sectors, and that's good news for job seekers. Employers need skilled workers in a variety of high-demand occupations, and job seekers from across Northeastern Wisconsin took advantage of today's recruitment opportunities."

Before doors to Shopko Hall opened at 10 a.m., 135 employers reserved space, and more than 1,100 job seekers registered in advance to get an entry ticket. The first Bay Area expo in 2012 and the second last fall each drew more than 100 employers with some 1,700 job openings. The list of employers for this year's event included Ariens, Bay Shipbuilding, Brillion Iron Works, Kohler, Manitowoc Cranes, Marinette Marine, Sargento, Schneider and Younkers. A wide variety of jobs are available, from skilled production jobs paying $30 or more an hour to entry level positions offering opportunities for advancement.

The first DWD-sponsored career expo was on May 10, 2012, in West Allis. The special recruiting events are open only to employers with jobs to fill and to job seekers who register in advance and complete a work readiness session with Job Center staff to review their resumes, check a skills assessment survey, and get advice to help them make the most of their day at the expo.

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