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April 30, 2014

Unemployed flock to Salem job fair

Unemployment down, but people still flood job fair


Adrian Delasio, 21, of Haverhill, Mass., was desperate to find any type of job that would help him provide for his two young children.

“I’m trying to get out of the slump I’m in,” he said. “I’m looking for anything that will get me ahead.”

The employers included large national retailers such as Lowe’s, Home Depot and Macy’s, but also smaller, local companies such as Operon Resource Management of Lowell, which also has facilities in Pelham and Hudson.

Operon, which specializes in placing employees in assembly, manufacturing and service positions, was looking to find 15 to 20 employees, according to senior on-site manager Luz Borgos-Ortiz.

Finding a job has been tough for older workers such as Fred Stefaniak, 58, of Salem, a logistics specialist. He’s been out of work for four years.

“I’m trying to get some information and some ideas, and to see what’s out there,” Stefaniak said. “I’m finding it a little tougher than I thought.”

Approximately 35 Mount Washington College students were among those seeking jobs, according to Heather Lalla, the college’s career services director.

The average age of the students — most of whom have returned to school after years in the workforce — is 35 to 40, she said.

“It’s a great networking opportunity for them,” Lalla said.

It was also a great opportunity for employers to potentially meet dozens of job applicants.

“We’re always looking for extra ways to recruit people,” Burgos-Ortiz said.

The Department of Employment Security has several other job fairs scheduled in the next month. Those fairs are May 6 in Seabrook, May 14 in Conway and May 29 in Nashua.

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