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Job seekers hone skills, make connections in southeast Iowa

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KEOKUK, Ia. (WGEM) -

Lee County continues to lead the state of Iowa in jobless numbers with just over 9%unemployment.

Wednesday, job seekers got another chance at a steady paycheck.

Southeastern Community College joined the Keokuk Chamber of Commerce and Iowa Workforce Development in hosting a job fair.

Officials said their goal was to connect job seekers with the right skills to compatible employers.

Dozens of people filled out applications, while others were meeting potential employers and handing them their resumes.

Angela Huff has waited tables on and off for a while and said she is just not satisfied with it anymore.

"Completely underemployed with a lack of hours," said Hauff.

Huff said her goal was to land a more steady job.

"I'm just looking for a full-time job. I've had a lot of waitress jobs, but I would like something more stable that actually has benefits," said Hauff.  

Steve Bisenius of Lee County Economic Development said despite the high unemployment rate in the County, he says the jobs are out there.

"Our workforce development is trying actually to do the best we can to provide access for our employers that are looking for new employees," said Bisenius.

Some area high school kids also got a jump start in finding a career when they graduate.

As part of the fair, some high school students came to take the National Career Readiness Certificate test.

A test, Bisenius said, is important to connect job seekers, young and old, with employers that match their skills sets.

"It starts in steps and that is what we are trying to do right now, to identify and also start re-introducing more vocational training into the high schools and community colleges," said Bisenius.

Bisenius said he hopes to continue to get more people in Lee County a job.

"We need to continue to reach out and we'll do everything we can to have as many job fairs as we need," said Bisenius. 

 

 

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