BOISE – There are still tens of thousands of Idahoans who are trying to find work. Many of those job hunters were at a job fair Wednesday in Meridian, hosted by the Idaho Business League Inc. Many of those job hunters are willing to take just about any job they can get.
One man described his year and a half of unemployment as murder as he spoke to KTVB after talking to potential employers. After those conversations he hopes his horizon is a little brighter.
Tracey Stone with MassMutual is one of dozens of recruiters that attracted hundreds of unemployed men and women hoping to fill a variety of positions.
"What we're trying to do is help people go back into the work force, either those who are exiting the military, or those that are looking to career change, or those that just can't find a job," said Stone.
We caught up with Terry Colon who moved back to Nampa three months ago after spending the last two decades in Kentucky where she did clerical work. She's been looking for a job since the move.
"So that's what I'd like to be is more clerical stuff, but pretty much right at this point I'll take anything," said Colon.
With so much of the job search happening online now days, Colon likes the chance to talk to people face-to-face.
"I've even found possible better jobs for my husband too, so I'm going to let my husband know about a few things," said Colon.
Keith Stinger, who described the last year and a half as murder, is looking to put his recent accounting degree to good use.
"I'd like to get into that, but most of the things I'm looking at now are actually entry level things," said Stinger.
After speaking with several employers, he hopes something pans out.
"With the job market the way it is, I'm willing to move any place to be able to work and get some money coming in," said Stinger.
Back at the MassMutual booth, Stone tells job seekers to use the resources offered through the state and even colleges. She encourages people to get out and tell others that they're looking for work because she says 80 percent of jobs are found through networking.
"Idaho is growing right now,” said Stone. “We're still one of the best places to live. We're one of the best places to work. I see the economy turning around right now and I see employers that are hiring.”
While today's job fair is over, job seekers can always reach out to the Department of Labor and other job resource services to see when and where the next fair will be held.
The latest numbers from February show Idaho's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate is 6.2 percent. That's down from January, but analysts with the Department of Labor believe that's because more people left the work force.
Idaho job numbers for March come out on Friday.