Omaha Job Fair Draws Crowd

When it comes to the health of the economy, jobs are front and center and Omaha is no different. At a Wednesday job fair, feelings were mixed on the health of the city’s job market.

So far, the job search for recent UNO grad Maggie Olson has been tough. Her degree is in recreational therapy, which so far hasn't been enough to land her a full-time position.

“It's been kind of hard just finding a job so I'm just looking to go back to school just so I can get a better job because there aren't too many available in my field. I'm looking around to find a part-time job and it's just as hard."

Howard Linder is new to the job search having just lost his job two days ago, but he's trying to stay upbeat. “It's not bad though, there's a lot of people to beat out and trying to find something that suits me and my family.”

By noon, more than 400 people had already come through the doors of the job fair at the Comfort Inn at 70th and Grover. Two hours after the doors opened, there was still a line of people outside waiting for people to clear out so they could come in.

Job fair organizers said these job seekers have good reason to be optimistic. “The job market is actually improving,” said Kathy Flavell of “Some people here are looking for second jobs, supplemental income, not necessarily a primary job, so I think Omaha is one of the exceptions."

With eyes on the presidential debate Wednesday night, the economy is still top of mind, especially for job seekers. “I definitely think it's going to be a big issue getting our economy back up and getting people jobs."

Many have probably heard the adage that when you personally don't have a job, the unemployment rate is 100 percent. Still, except for North Dakota, Nebraska continues to have the lowest jobless rate in the country.

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