A visitor to the 2012 Moffat County Job Fair stops at The Memorial Hospital’s booth Friday at Colorado Northwestern Community College’s Craig campus. More than 150 potential employees visited the fair, which featured booths from 19 employers.

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A visitor to the 2012 Moffat County Job Fair stops at The Memorial Hospital’s booth Friday at Colorado Northwestern Community College’s Craig campus. More than 150 potential employees visited the fair, which featured booths from 19 employers.

Moffat County Job Fair sees respectable turnout

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Potential employees fill out applications Friday at Colorado Northwestern Community College during the 2012 Moffat County Job Fair, sponsored by CNCC, the Colorado Workforce Center and the Craig Daily Press. Fair organizer and Craig Daily Press advertising manager Bonnie Stewart said organizers hope to host the fair annually.

More than 150 potential employees lined the hallways Friday of Colorado Northwestern Community College’s Craig campus in hopes of finding a job prospect at the 2012 Moffat County Job Fair.

The fair, sponsored by CNCC, the Colorado Workforce Center and the Craig Daily Press, hosted booths for 19 employers, many of them local.

Bonnie Stewart, fair organizer and Craig Daily Press advertising manager, said she thought the event was a success.

“It went really, really well,” she said. “The employers all seemed to be really pleased.”

Stewart said she thought the event would help improve Moffat County’s economy.

“The economic situation is starting to improve here in Craig so we thought it would be a good time (to host a job fair), and from the turnout I think it was a great time,” she said, adding that organizers hope to host the job fair annually, or possibly twice a year as suggested by some participating employers.

Linda Dill, a labor and employment specialist with the Craig branch of the Colorado Workforce Center, said she believes some changes could be made, but overall thought the fair went well.

“I would like to see it in a different location, like a conference room or maybe a big area where the employers are more together, and probably not on a Friday,” she said. “But I do think we had a pretty good turnout for being on a Friday.”

Shirley Vazquez, a customer service representative at First National Bank of the Rockies who helped operate a booth at Friday’s fair, also thought the event was well received.

“I thought it was very effective, there are no changes I would make (for future job fairs),” she said. “There was a wide variety of different applicants. It was good.”

While Vazquez appreciated the array of applicants, job-seeker and Craig resident Remedy Hawke said she was hoping there would be more jobs to explore.

“There were a lot of minimum-wage jobs and if you’re trying to support a family, it’s just impossible,” she said. “There were a couple of intriguing possibilities, and I hope I’m still a candidate.”

Although Hawke saw a lack of diverse employment opportunities at the fair, she doesn’t think it’s a reflection of the local job market.

“More participation would be nice,” she said. “It’s a great chance for employers to see what’s out there. But a wider variety. I mean it’s a small town, but it’s not that small.”

Jerry Martin can be reached at 875-1790 or gmartin@craigdailypress.com.

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