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Companies Find It Harder To Fill Job Vacancies

More than 300 positions will be posted at a job fair in Modesto Tuesday.

The organizers of events like this say the types of jobs they feature are changing as are the people who are looking for work.

Karen Dewal is the Recruitment Director for jobjournal.com and the HIREVENT job fairs.

She says the unemployment rate has dropped by about 3 percent in the Modesto area in the last year.

"As the unemployment drops and the available labor market shrinks, the availability of the talent pool is shrinking," Dewal says. "So, we find that you have more organizations such as schools or retail or even government that are needing to recruit."

She says during the Great Recession, the average person was satisfied to have a job and wasn't looking for a new one.

"Currently-employed job seekers are starting to attend job fairs because this is an opportunity for them to basically go, meet with a dozen, two dozen employers and be able to  figure out what's available for them — all in just a few hours time," Dewal says.

Dewal says she has seen an increase in jobs that were posted to fill vacancies caused by retirement.  

The event starts at noon and will offer graphic design, engineering, and warehouse jobs among others.  

Bob Moffitt

Sacramento Region Reporter

Bob reports on all things northern California and Nevada. His coverage of police technology, local athletes, and the environment has won a regional Associated Press and several Edward R. Murrow awards.   Read Full Bio 

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