While hundreds of Iowans have lost their jobs in recent weeks, an event in north-central Iowa next week aims to help Iowans find new jobs. Daryl Roberts, a supervisor with Iowa Workforce Development in Fort Dodge, says a job fair is planned for Tuesday in Webster City as a response to multiple layoffs.
Roberts says the event is a chance to get everyone together who’s lost their job or who may soon be unemployed in the same room with people who can help them with various forms of assistance in finding new jobs and in getting by in the meantime. The event is being called an "Unemployment Survival Fair" and Roberts says the experts will offer folks some options.
"People can come in and pick and choose," he says. "If they think they might be interested in going back to school, or if they’d love to go back to school but they need money, those people will all be there to work with folks one-on-one." Webster City has seen a double-whammy of job losses — with several rounds of cuts at the Electrolux washer and dryer plant in recent months and the closing later this year of the Electrolux vacuum facility. Roberts says next week’s event is open to anyone from across Iowa.
Tuesday’s Unemployment Survival Fair is being held at The Bridge, 905 Des Moines Street in Webster City. For details, call Roberts at (515) 576-3131, extension 227.