Chamber to Host Job Fair to Address Workforce Shortage

Chamber to Host Job Fair to Address Workforce Shortage

To help answer the call of businesses who are experiencing difficulty finding workers, the Chamber will host a Job Fair on Thursday, September 27, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at the Northbrook Public Library. Approximately 20 companies from a range of industries, including retail, hospitality, HVAC, health care and manufacturing have signed up to participate, and will have an opportunity to meet face-to-face with potential employees.
The Chamber is partnering with the Illinois workNet Center and the Library who are valuable resources in matters related to employment. The Illinois workNet Center collaborates with community organizations that provide guidance and services for anyone in the job market. The Northbrook Library offers a wealth of information and beneficial research tools to help job seekers on everything from career advice to resume building to information on employers.

With a relatively low unemployment rate in the area, Northbrook employers from across all industries have long expressed concerns about a worker shortage. Northbrook’s unemployment rate is one of the lowest in the state of Illinois. According to the IDES (Illinois Dept of Employment Security) most recent statistics, the state’s unemployment rate is 4.5 percent, while Northbrook’s unemployment rate is far lower at 3.8 percent. Out of 105 communities surveyed by IDES, only 7 have an unemployment rate lower than Northbrook.

“Wherever I go, the topic of conversation always turns to employment needs and the difficulty of finding and retaining workers,” comments Granite City Food & Brewery General Manager Jeff Berlin. “Like others, my employees are my biggest asset and are essential to effectively run my business,” he adds.

“The Chamber is hosting this Job Fair to directly help local companies connect with potential employees,” explains Chamber President Tensley Garris. “It fits in with our mission to support the business community and help foster a positive business climate.”
The Job Fair is open to the public and anyone who looking for full or part-time employment is welcome to attend. Chamber members are encouraged to spread the word about the event with their colleagues and in their networking circles. Pre-registration is not necessary. For a list of participating companies and more information visit northbrookchamber.org/JobFair.

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