Job fair expects record turnout Thursday

Non-profit job readiness center Jacobs Ladder Job Center Inc. is expecting record turnout at its public job fair to be held Thursday at Little Rock AME Zion Church.

When the public event first launched three years ago, it attracted about 75 job-seekers, program coordinator Kimberly Dawson-Munn said. Last year, it drew about 150 participants. This year, the numbers are expected to swell to more than 200.

Dawson-Munn attributed much of the increase to the organization's shifting focus. When it was first founded 10 years ago, the program primarily targeted residents in the Belmont and surrounding neighborhoods.

Today, Jacob's Ladder helps job-seekers across the Charlotte region develop job-hunting skills.

“The other (reason for the increased participation), unfortunately, is because of the economy,” she said.

The job fair is open to the public and will be 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Little Rock AME Zion Church, 401 N. McDowell St.

About 25 employers are participating, including the Presbyterian and Carolinas healthcare systems, as well as multiple staffing agencies and hotel chains.

Details: 704-332-5822.