Thousands fill PCC Job Fair with 89 businesses

Thousands of applicants went to Portland Community College hours early

Thousands attended a job fair at Portland Community College, April 28, 2015 (KOIN 6 News)
Thousands attended a job fair at Portland Community College, April 28, 2015 (KOIN 6 News)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Kara Keys, hoping to land a job in the health food industry, was the first in line at a job fair at Portland Community College.

How early did she get there? Four hours before it started.

“I figured since there’s probably anywhere from 2,000 to 4,000 people, you know I’ll have a lot of competition,” she told KOIN 6 News.

The PCC Job Fair is showcasing more than 400 available jobs from 89 businesses.

Abe Proctor, the Cascade Campus Community Relations Officer for PCC, said there is a lot of demand in the health care sector.

“We have a number of law enforcement agencies represented here today. There’s also a lot of customer service spaces available right now,” he said.

Economists with the Oregon Employment Department said there are about 45,000 job vacancies throughout Oregon. The state is outpacing the rest of the nation with job opportunities. Jobs that require college and jobs that don’t are both offered at the job fair.

Economists said higher wage job offers are up a little bit but not much. They’re hopeful those will be more plentiful in the next year or two.

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