If you're looking for a job or just a new opportunity, there's a chance you could score a home run at Coca-Cola Park today.
The Morning Call Career Fair will be held 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the home of the IronPigs, 1050 IronPigs Way, Allentown. Job seekers should be dressed in professional attire and have resumes. "One of the strengths of our fairs is the quality of employers that attend. Our fairs attract a wide variety of businesses looking for future employees," Donna Sonday, recruitment account executive for The Morning Call, said in a prepared statement.
Those who attend the fair will get the opportunity to meet with prospective employers from dozens of companies, including Lutron Electronics Co., Nestle Waters, Wells Fargo, Country Meadows Retirement Communities, Health Network Laboratories and Olympus Corp.
Things seem to be looking up for the Valley's job market, the latest statistics show.
According to the state Department of Labor and Industry, the Valley's unemployment rate fell in March a tenth of a percent to 6.4 percent. That was 1.7 percent lower than the year before -- and the lowest point since October 2008, during the Great Recession. It was the 16th month in a row the region's unemployment rate went down.
In December 2007, when the Great Recession officially started, the unemployment rate was 4.7 percent. By the time the downturn officially ended in June 2009, the rate was 8.6 percent -- and climbing. Though the U.S. economy had begun to grow by that point, the damage to the job market had just begun. The Lehigh Valley's unemployment rate would continue to rise until December 2009, when it peaked during a four-month period at 9.4 percent.