Thousands of jobs available in northeast Indiana

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – IPFW and Congressman Marlin Stutzman hosted more than 70 employers with about 3,000 job openings at an annual job fair Monday. Most openings were in manufacturing, but employers are having a hard time finding individuals with certain skill sets in this growing industry.

Rick Farrant, Director of Communication with Northeast Indiana Works, said Monday’s job fair is an example of job availability in the region. He explained people should be honing on their current skills and trying to learn a new craft for the next demanding careers.

“It’s really a matter of people preparing themselves for those jobs so that employers will hire them,” he said.

Indiana’s unemployment rate for the month of July stayed steady at 5.9 percent. While our rate stayed the same, Indiana did add 9,900 private sector jobs.  Most of the job gains last month were the 5,500 jobs in the manufacturing sector.

Eric Egler is graduating next year with his degree in business management at IPFW. He attended Monday’s job fair and said he spotted a few job opportunities online before going. He realized there were more jobs for manufacturing than management, but he’s hopeful about getting the necessary skills to stay competitive in the job market.

“I understand getting an entry level into one of those positions would be a great benefit to progress in my career,” Egler said.

C and A Tools out of Auburn was at the job fair. Managers said they’ve received hundreds of resumes, but have come across individuals without the manufacturing background needed for the job.

Congressman Marlin Stutzman said these job openings show the potential growth in this area’s economy.

“Fort Wayne and the surrounding area has been working together and focusing on how do we take care of ourselves,” he said. “So, I’m very encouraged and really excited about the future for us.”

Congressman Stutzman said there has been a significant increase in employers coming to the annual job fairs in the last few years. He said there were 1,000 job openings last year compared to this year’s 3,000 openings. 

Farrant also mentioned people should work on their soft skills, such as interviewing, resume and more. He said WorkOne centers offers free services to help individuals in that area and also learn software such as Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and others.

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