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Scott Walker, Governor
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Thursday, May 28, 2015
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Over 130 Employers, 1,400 Job Seekers Attend Milwaukee Career Expo

WEST ALLIS – Today, more than 1,400 job seekers connected with 134 employers looking to fill over 2,000 job openings at the Milwaukee Career Expo at State Fair Park. A total of seven workforce partner agencies volunteered at the event, which was coordinated by the state Department of Workforce Development (DWD) in partnership with the Milwaukee Area Workforce Investment Board (MAWIB).

"We are pleased that so many employers and job seekers took advantage of the opportunity to connect at the Milwaukee Career Expo," DWD Secretary Reggie Newson said. "The activity is reflective of the state's growing economy, strong business climate and robust pool of available talent."

Unlike most traditional job fairs, Career Expos are open only to employers with current job openings and job seekers who are pre-screened for work readiness in advance.

Examples of participating employers included: AT&T, Aurora Health Care, Briggs & Stratton Corporation, Costco, DRS Technologies FedEx Smart Post, FABCO Equipment, Marcus Hotels & Resorts, Milwaukee Brewers, Milwaukee Center for Independence, Pepsi Beverages Company, Quad/Graphics, Roundy's, Schneider National, Summit Credit Union, Therm-Tech of Waukesha, Time Warner Cable and U.S. Cellular.

Summit Credit Union received over 85 resumes from applicants for position openings.

"Our organization plans to interview many of the job candidates that we met at the Milwaukee Career Expo," Summit Credit Union Talent Acquisition Specialist Christy Porterfield said. "Compared to other job fairs, there is a noticeable difference in the quality of people looking for jobs today. The event was a great success for us, and we look forward to participating in the future."

The Milwaukee Center for Independence – Home Care, also was recruiting for job openings. Regional Client Coordinator Jane Schmidt said, "We are so pleased with the volume of qualified applicants at the Milwaukee Career Expo. The hiring event model offers great value to employers and job seekers."

The Milwaukee Career Expo featured employer job openings in manufacturing, such as CNC machinists, starting at $15 to $27 an hour, and maintenance mechanics starting at $19 to $24 an hour. Demand in the health care sector continues for registered nurses, with starting pay at $25 an hour. Employers also recruited for openings in other occupations, such as engineers with annual pay as high as $85,000 and commercial truck drivers who can make a starting wage up to $50,000 a year.

The Career Expo was held between 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at State Fair Park Expo Center. Job seeker attendance was limited to U.S. military veterans at 10:30 a.m. General admission began at 11 a.m.

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