More than 60 potential employers are planning to participate in a job fair Monday at Nash Community College.
The fair is part of U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan’s North Carolina Back to Work Jobs Tour. She has been traveling the state to gather ideas and find initiatives that could help reduce unemployment rates and get more North Carolinians back to work.
Monday’s job fair is scheduled from 9 a.m. to noon at the college’s Business and Industry Center, 552 N. Old Carriage Road.
A variety of businesses plan to participate, including Superior Essex, Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools, Nash Health Care and Hospira. People should dress professionally.
Hagan encouraged anyone who is looking for a job to attend.
“I want to hear their ideas so we can help get people in North Carolina back to work,” Hagan said.
She said she is committed to doing anything she can to improve the state’s unemployment rate, which is “unacceptably high.”
Hagan said sometimes there is a lack of communication between employers, job seekers and community colleges. During her tour, she said she has met numerous companies that have openings in a particular market and are looking for qualified workers.
The state’s seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate dipped slightly in March for the third month in a row, according to the N.C. Division of Employment Security. The rate was 9.7 percent in March and 9.9 percent in February.
Also on Monday, Hagan will host a Conversations with Kay event from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. in Nashville.
Hagan will be at the Nash County Senior Center, 103 N. Alston St., to talk to constituents. Her staff members will be at the site from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. to assist anyone who needs help navigating issues relating to federal agencies.
For more information about the job fair, call Hagan’s office at 1-877-852-9462 or go to www.nashcc.edu/jobsfair.