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Students, Employers pack PSU's Overman Student Center for Spring Career Fair

Scene from PSU's 2023 Spring Career Fair
Fred Fletcher-Fierro
Scene from PSU's 2023 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.

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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