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Scott Walker, Governor
Reginald J. Newson, Secretary

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Tuesday, October 13, 2015
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Bay Area Career Expo Connects Northeast Wisconsin Talent With 120 Employers Looking to Fill 2,100 Job Openings

DWD Secretary Maxwell meets recruiters, job seekers at event hosted at KI Convention Center in Green Bay

GREEN BAY – Today, job seekers from across Northeast Wisconsin met with employers seeking to fill approximately 2,100 job openings during the Bay Area Career Expo, an annual recruitment event coordinated by the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD).

"It is clear from the preparedness of job seekers and positive feedback from employers that today's Bay Area Career Expo matched talent with opportunity across Northeast Wisconsin, which is great news for the region's economy," said DWD Deputy Secretary Georgia Maxwell, who attended the event. "Under Governor Walker's leadership, we will continue to do everything we can to develop the state's workforce and connect employers with workers who have the skills needed to fill job openings."

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. Among the 120 employers that registered included Aurora Health Care, KI, Nicolet Plastics, Shopko, NSight/Cellcom and Thrivent Financial. Hundreds of job seekers attended the expo throughout the day.

"Employers were very pleased with today's turnout and the level of preparedness of those seeking employment," said DWD's Bay Area Job Service Director Brian Pelon. "Numerous employers had stated this was the best recruitment event they have ever attended and many expressed the intent to extend job offers to registered job seekers."

Joseph Hilke, Human Resource Manager at The Bay Family of Companies (Bay Industries), said the event was well-organized and well-attended by job seekers. He added: "We saw a steady stream of well-qualified applicants stop at our booth. We needed three staff members in order to keep up with the applicant flow."

The Bay Area Career Expo offered jobs in high demand fields, such as health care for entry level through advanced positions, including registered nurses with starting wages up to $20 per hour, manufacturing with positions starting at $10 to $20 per hour, customer service and sales with good-paying positions across industries ranging from $10 to $30 per hour, construction jobs averaging $15 per hour and transportation for commercial truck drivers with wages over $50,000 annually.

The Career Expo was held between 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the KI Convention Center in Green Bay. Job seeker attendance was limited to U.S. military veterans at 9:30 a.m. General admission began at 10:00 a.m.

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