Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry Acting Deputy Secretary of Workforce Development Dan Kuba joined 95 employers on Wednesday at a multi-industry job fair in Berks County designed to help Pennsylvanians advance their careers and support employers in their search for talented workers.
“Employers throughout Pennsylvania are competing for talent in a historically tight labor market. This moment is an opportunity for Pennsylvania workers to explore career opportunities, and events like today’s job fair are critical for making those connections that ultimately grow businesses and improve lives,” Kuba said. “Access to so many employers in one place empowers job seekers to not only look for a career in something they are already skilled in but to possibly consider a new career choice – all putting them on the path to a better future with more economic stability.”
The job fair, hosted by the PA CareerLink Berks County, featured employers in various industries, including manufacturing, construction, logistics, banking, education, customer service, catering, and more.
The fair also included workshops for workers to learn how to succeed at a job fair, successful interview skills, resume writing, tips for job seekers with criminal records and mock interviews.
As of September 2022, the unemployment rate in Berks County was 4.3 percent, decreasing by 0.2 percent from the previous month. Berks County has a slightly higher unemployment rate than the commonwealth, which is at 4.1 percent overall.
According to L&I’s Center for Workforce Information & Analysis, Berks County industries with the largest number of employees in the first quarter of 2022 were elementary and secondary schools, restaurants, electrical equipment/component manufacturers, medical and surgical supplies and warehouse and storage.