West side job fair offers at least 400 openings

Marilyn Pfisterer
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Unemployment in Indiana was slightly down in the most recent report for February at 6.1-percent.

But when you compare that to February of 2007- just before the bubble burst - the employment numbers in our state have still not completely recovered.

The City of Indianapolis struggles even more with an unemployment rate of 6.9-percent.

A City-County councilor is holding a huge job fair today in hopes of putting people back to work.

This is the tenth year City-county Councilor Marilyn Pfisterer has hosted the job fair in District 14 on the city's west side.  She's expecting more than forty companies with at least ten job openings or more. 

Pfisterer said the employers offer benefits, good wages and the opportunity for advancement for those willing to earn it. "It targets anyone looking for a job," she said. "We have entry level jobs. We have special skill jobs and everything in between.  So, I encourage people to come with resumes in hand."

"We've had a reputation.  I've had companies call me this year and ask to participate.  We have very, very good attendance.  It's a great location and this year, we've even added service agencies such as PACE for ex-offenders," continued Pfisterer.

A few of the employers who plan to attend include healthcare companies Anthem Hoosier Healthwise and Eskenazi Health, as well as government entities like the city of Indianapolis, Marion County, Atterbury Job Corps and the Indianapolis Airport Authority.  Plus, you'll find major corporations like Fed Ex Ground, Lowe's, Regions Financial, IUPUI, Regent Aerospace.

Councillor Pfisterer has built a reputation with the success of this fair over the years and says she has companies calling her asking to participate. 

The fair runs today from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. at Lakeview Church on the city's west side, just off Interstate 465 and Rockville Rd.  The address is 47 Beachway Dr. in Indianapolis.