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Job fair draws 300-plus people

ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- People looking for work in the healthcare industry were meeting with potential employers Wednesday morning at the WorkForce Center.

The WorkForce Development Center said there are still many people looking for jobs, even as the overall unemployment rate in Olmsted County has dropped. A few years ago, during the recession the jobless rate was closer to 7%, now it's under 5%.

More than 10 local businesses from the health care sector were at the job fair including Kelly Services, Samaritan Bethany, Hiawatha Homes and Olmsted Medical Center.

This isn't the first medical job fair. The WorkForce Development hosted one last fall, which more than 300 job seekers attended.

"This is open to the public, so we see a broad mix of folks and it's everyone from people with perhaps RN degrees, to people looking for office positions, CNA's, so it's a broad mix," explained Bruce Thompson, with WorkForce Development.

Thompson said while many people finding work, there are still many job seekers. Although the economy is growing, it's not at a rapid pace.

If you're a job seeker but the medical field isn't what you're looking to work in, that's ok.

The WorkForce center will be holding more job fairs within the next two months focusing on employment agencies and some manufacturing companies.

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