Job shortage in Rock Island calls for job fair opportunity

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ROCK ISLAND, Illinois (KWQC) - Jobs seem to be scarce these days, that's according to Rock Island economic developers. That's why a job fair was held in Rock Island, Wednesday night.

But, on the flip side, some employers who do have openings are having a hard time filling them.

16 employers and dozens of residents filled the Frances Willard Elementary school gym for the job fair.

"I have a daughter, I just had a daughter a month ago, and I really need a job,' said 18-year-old, Destini Fox.

"So I'm trying I got a computer and I'm going to send all kinds of emails tonight when I get home all kinds of resumes," said 65-year-old, Dennison Love.

The president of the Rock Island Economic Growth Corp, Brian Hollenback, says one reason for the decline in jobs, is competition with bigger cities like Chicago, Des Moines.

"We're here to dress a growing need in our community and that is providing employment opportunities for those who are under-employed,' he said.

That doesn't help employers here either, many find themselves in shortages, from family care to busing.

"With not having enough drivers, it's actually putting a strain on the drivers that we have cause they're working 7 days a week," said Debra Lafever, with Johannsen Bus Services.

But with 16 employers looking for workers, and dozens of potential employees, Rock Island officials believe job fairs like these can go a long way for the future of Rock Island.

Officials say there will be another job fair this Spring.