MOTT HAVEN — Get those resumes ready: a job fair featuring 83 businesses and hundreds of jobs is coming to The Bronx.
The first-ever New York Works Career Expo will take place from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Thursday, May 29 in Building C of Hostos Community College at 450 Grand Concourse.
Participating businesses include H & R Block, the New York State Police and the Wildlife Conservation Society, among others. The state is encouraging all prospective job applicants to pre-register for the expo, as space is limited.
The event is being held in collaboration with the New York State Department of Labor and Empire State Development, New York's main agency for economic growth. The unemployment rate in The Bronx was 10.3 percent in April, according to the State Department of Labor — the highest in New York.
Companies at the expo will accept resumes and conduct pre-scheduled and on-the-spot interviews. The job fair will also include a panel discussion about the economy and talent in the Bronx at 10:15 a.m. featuring speakers such as Labor Department Commissioner Peter Rivera and Empire State Development President, CEO and Commissioner Kenneth Adams.
"While we’ve seen marked declines in every borough of New York City, the Bronx is still plagued with one of the highest unemployment rates in the state," Rivera said in a statement. "We have strategically chosen the Bronx as the location for our Career Expo, where the state’s career services are needed more than ever."
Governor Andrew Cuomo added in a statement. “I encourage all job-seekers to visit this one-of-a-kind event and learn more about the new opportunities that are available to them.”