Students, Employers pack PSU's Overman Student Center for Spring Career Fair
According to data from the Pittsburg Micropolitan Report published in May of 2022, unemployment in the area was stable at 3.6%, down from 5.5% in 2020. The highest unemployment rate for Pittsburg, KS, in 2021 was in the mining industry, which posted an unemployment rate of 11.2%.
In a sign that the southeast Kansas economy continues to recover, Pittsburg State held its largest career fair on Wednesday since the pandemic. KRPS's Fred Fletcher-Fierro has more.
One hundred forty-three companies attended the job fair at the Overman Student Center at Pittsburg State Wednesday. Many companies are from the Four States, though companies sent representatives from as far away as Tulsa, Springfield, and Bozeman, Montana.
Demand is so healthy for employees for jobs, both locally and nationally. Heather Busch, PSU's Associate Director for Employer Relations, had this response when asked how strong demand was from prospective employers to attend the fair in person.
"Basically; we asked the student center tables can we fit. And she told me how many, and that's how many we squeezed in. We had a waiting list. We could have had more if we had somewhere to put them."
Heather says that the event requires year around planning and that they had a ten companies waiting list this year. The unemployment rate in Kansas is just 3%, under the national rate of 3.4%, according to the latest data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. For 89 9 KRPS News, I'm Fred Fletcher-Fierro.