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08/24/2009

Felony/misdemeanor job fair organizers may postpone event

Organizers of Tarrant County's second annual Felony and/or Misdemeanor Friendly Community Career Fair may postpone the event to give employers more time to sign up.

Jobfair Fewer than 10 employers have signed up thus far for the Sept. 25 fair, says Angel Ilarraza, the county's Re-Entry Initiative Coordinator. At last year's hiring fair, 40 employers signed up.

"We are to the point of of maybe postponing - postponing, not cancelling - the job fair," Ilarraza said today in an interview.

Some prospective employers are waiting to learn more about the impact of federal stimulus money on local projects before they commit to recruiting employees at the felony/misdemeanor fair, Ilarraza said.

"Worst case, we postpone it 30-60 days," he said.

More than 600 jobseekers have signed up to attend the invitation-only fair, and about 175 have completed the required pre-event workshop Ilarraza said.

"We will be able to announce the job fair on a very short notice," Ilarraza said. "They're basically ready. It's just a matter of assembling enough employers to make it worthwhile."

The fair's organizers have pared the cost for employers to participate to $25. The fee is $75 for exhibitors and other service providers.

Here's our original post from July 8.

Scott Nishimura, jobs and workplace reporter, Star-Telegram

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