ELIZABETH — St. Elizabeth’s Church in downtown Elizabeth will hold a free job readiness symposium on Saturday, Oct. 22, to help residents of Elizabeth and the surrounding communities who are struggling to find jobs and are not sure how to effectively search for one.
Richard E. Constable III, deputy commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development, will be the keynote speaker at the symposium. The event will also include a job fair to connect qualified potential workers with employers and recruiters from around the state who have jobs that match their skills.
“Joblessness is a major issue that is injuring the lives and living conditions of people throughout our country, our state, our county and especially our city,” said The Rev. Andy Moore, rector of St. Elizabeth’s Church in Elizabeth. “According to recent Bureau of Labor Statistics reports, unemployment in New Jersey has climbed to 9.4 percent — affecting 421,676 people — and that’s higher than the 9.1 percent national average. And in Union County it is 9.5 percent, slightly higher than the overall state rate. What’s worse, here in Elizabeth unemployment is at a devastating 13.5 percent rate. St. Elizabeth’s is offering the Job Readiness Symposium to help people who are desperately trying to help themselves.”
Job Readiness Symposium participants will be able to take part in four of 10 workshops offered that address critical needs of people who are unemployed and underemployed.
Advance registration is required; go to www.stelizabethschurchnj.org/Job_Readiness_Symposium.html .
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