The Milledgeville-Baldwin County Chamber of Commerce is looking to pair job seekers with potential employers.
Chamber officials are promoting their job fair, “Employ Baldwin,” which is set for Wednesday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the GMC Activity Center on the former Central State Hospital campus. More than 20 businesses, organizations and entities are scheduled to be on hand with a combined total of more than 400 job openings ranging from entry-level to experienced.
Chamber Membership Development Director Kara Lassiter told The Union-Recorder that the upcoming job fair was borne out of a major local need.
“This year, the Chamber added a job listings landing page to our website and saw the increased need for employees amongst our members,” Lassiter said. “Because several of our member businesses were looking to fill more than a handful of positions in various sectors, we thought it would be best to scale the search to a larger audience and include the entire community. You can drive up and down 441 and downtown and see a sign in nearly every business looking to hire. We felt Employ Baldwin was an opportunity to put job seekers face to face with a diverse group of employers in one central location.”
Lassiter shared that several areas of industry will be represented Wednesday looking to hire. Their categories include public safety, food service, facilities maintenance/event management, sales and insurance, K-12 education, higher education, healthcare and construction.
Many believe jobs are in such high supply — not just locally, but also statewide — due to the government assistance distributed throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Those faucets have begun to be turned off in an attempt to get people back to work. Last month, Gov. Brian Kemp ended the $300 extra federal unemployment payments for Georgians. This month, the Georgia Department of Labor (GDOL) also reinstated work search requirements for those seeking unemployment, meaning that individuals must be able to prove that they are searching for a job in order to receive their payment.
GDOL statistics for Baldwin County show that unemployment insurance claims, which allowed many families to navigate the pandemic safely from a financial standpoint, are way down compared to around this time last year. Unemployment claims were at 1,744 locally in June 2020. The June 2021 numbers were not yet available, but this past May saw only 322 such claims in Baldwin County.
Those looking to get back to work can see what’s out there at the Chamber’s upcoming Employ Baldwin event. The GMC Activity Center is located at 715 Broad St.