Dept. of Labor, Hartford Athletic hold hiring expo

Dept. of Labor and Hartford Athletic hold job fair
Published: Sep. 21, 2022 at 11:24 AM EDT
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HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) – It was a big day in Hartford today for job seekers.

The Connecticut Department of Labor and Hartford Athletic hosted their second annual Hiring Expo at Trinity Health Stadium. Hundreds of people showed up.

“Well I’m unemployed right now and I saw the flier at the unemployment office. So I registered yesterday as a matter of fact and came here,” said Darrell Lawson, of Hartford.

Lawson is on the hunt for a new job.

“Hopefully it can get me some work. I’ve been out of work for about two months,” Lawson said.

120 companies advertised positions and more than 800 job seekers went out to the event.

The companies hiring range from Amazon to Bozzuto’s.

“We’ve been seeing a big increase in cdl-a applications and warehouse applications. We’ve increased our pay and turned a corner with some of our programs so we’ve been seeing a great increase in some of the applications coming in,” said James Gregorio, Driver Recruiter at Bozzuto’s.

The number of participating companies doubled this year.

“More than anything, we’re trying to make an impact in our community. It’s what we set out to do when we started this club many years ago and this is just one of the most direct ways we can impact people, provide them opportunities to start their career restart their career, whatever it might be,” said John Ponziani, Vice President of Marketing and Communications at Hartford Athletic.

Connecticut companies have nearly 100,000 job openings and the state has seen eight consecutive months of job growth. The department of labor said the workforce is growing.

“Well I work right around the corner for CREC and so I came to see what the business partners are around here because we help our students with employment services. So we are looking around to see who is hiring so we can connect our students to these businesses,” said Flor De Hoyos, of Hartford.

For more information on the event, click here.