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Over 140 employers descend on Pittsburg, KS, to speak with students in a tight labor market

 PSU Spring 2023 Career Fair
Fred Fletcher-Fierro
PSU Spring 2023 Career Fair

A wide range of companies were represented at the career fair, including those targeting Pittsburg State School of Construction and School of Technology students.

The unemployment rate in Kansas is just 3%, according to the latest data from January and the Bureau of Labor Statistics. That’s even lower than the national rate of 3.4%.

On Wednesday, Pittsburg State held its largest in-person career fair since the start of the pandemic.

PSU Senior Amanda Warren, a Science of Technology Major with an Emphasis in Graphic Design, attended the event seeking multiple opportunities.

“I need to have an internship this summer, so I’m hoping to find an internship here. And if not, I graduate early, so I graduate at the end of this year in the fall, so maybe I can find a job lined up for next year if I can’t find an internship or something like that.”

One hundred forty-three companies attended the one-day job fair at the Overman Student Center at Pitt State. Numerous companies from the Four States were in attendance.

Representatives from Bernard Construction, headquartered in Bozeman, Montana, traveled the furthest to speak with PSU students on Wednesday.

Since 2017 Fred Fletcher-Fierro has driven up Highway 171 through thunderstorms, downpours, snow, and ice storms to host KRPS’s Morning Edition. He’s also a daily reporter for the station, covering city government, elections, public safety, arts, entertainment, culture, sports and more. Fred has also spearheaded and overseen a sea change in programming for KRPS from a legacy classical station to one that airs a balance of classical, news, jazz, and cultural programming that better reflects the diverse audience of the Four States. For over two months in the fall of 2022 he worked remotely with NPR staff to relaunch to an NPR style news and information website.
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