Laurel drive-thru job fair brings in employers, job seekers

LAUREL, Miss. (WDAM) - The I-59 Drive-Thru Job Fair in Laurel Thursday allowed job seekers the opportunity to find new jobs and build relationships with employers.

“We are showing the communities ‘Hey, that we care. Especially in these times like this with COVID-19,'” said Tenisha Holmes, PrEP navigator at Family Health Center in Laurel.

The Mississippi Department of Employment Security held the annual job fair in the Magnolia Center parking lot.

Since COVID-19 is still impacting our communities, the event was done differently this year.

MDES director of economic development Sandy Holifield explains.

“We’ve had to come up with new and innovative ways to kind of help both our employers and those that are seeking jobs," Holifield said. "So, we came up with the drive-thru job fair, and we are giving our job seekers a new way that they can come and visit a lot of employers all in one location in one day.”

Jobseeker Latoya Jackson said it’s important for events like this to continue, even during the pandemic.

“It reminds the community that ‘Hey listen, that businesses are still open,’” Jackson said. “They’re here to support you. They’re here to help you to continue to take care of your families even though it looks like you know COVID-19 has,” Jackson said.

The I-59 Drive-Thru Job Fair was from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.

More than 22 employers were at the job fair.

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