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Fair offers 'real jobs' to unemployed LIers

Job fair

Job fair

About 80 employers with “real jobs” will be looking for new hires Thursday night at an East Meadow job fair organized by state Sen. Kemp Hannon (R-Garden City).

Job help will be available, and networking groups will also join the employers, who will include Winthrop-University Hospital, Northrop Grumman, Hempstead Public Library, the UPS Store, Century 21 department stores, the U.S. Army and the Peace Corps.

 “There are no CEO jobs being offered,” Hannon said yesterday. “A lot of them are jobs that are beginning jobs, but they’ll allow people to pay their taxes, support their families. A lot of them are sales, administrative assistants; there’s retail and commercial. We want to have a job fair. We don’t want to have a career day.”

The fair is from 7 to 9 p.m. at the East Meadow High School gymnasium, 101 Carman Ave. About 550 job hunters have registered for free so far, the senator said, but walk-ins are welcome.

The idea is a follow-up to the March networking and resume writing fair Hannon’s office helped to organize at the school for job hunters.

Earlier this year at a news conference proposing a state tax credit for businesses who create jobs, Hannon said some employers told him that they had openings but no one to hire.

“We’re just trying to match the people with jobs to the people who are seeking them and learn ourselves what else needs to be done,” Hannon said. “We think it’s just a practical set of steps that will help Long Islanders get back to work.”

The latest numbers show Long Island had a 7.2 percent unemployment rate in July; the national rate was 9.5 percent.

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