By Dennis Seid

Daily Journal

TUPELO – Nearly two dozen companies hope to put a bigger dent in the region’s unemployment rate today with a job fair  at Itawamba Community College’s Belden Center off McCullough Boulevard.

The free event will be at the conference center portion of the campus from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

The companies attending include manufacturers, staffing agencies and others. They include Mueller, United Asset Management, Hamilton-Ryker, United Furniture, Select Staffing, Kelley Services, Swift Staffing, Wise Staffing, Surge Staffing, People Link, Lane Furniture, Philips Lighting, Posturecraft Mattress Co., Toyota Motor Manufacturing Mississippi, Martinrea, Hudson Management, Employment Plus, Southern Motion, Excelsior, SRG Staffing, ICC Commercial Truck Driving and the Home Saver Program.

Participants should bring their resumes, if available and/or a complete education and work history.

Brad Gates with ICC said online applications will be required from some companies participating at the fair. Also, he suggested people dress appropriately.

“You never know if you might be asked for an interview on the spot,” he said. “It’s been known to happen.”

The unemployment rate in Northeast Mississippi was 9.4 percent in August, the most recent figures available.

It was the second-lowest jobless rate for the 16-county region of the year. April’s 8.5 percent rate was the lowest of the year.

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