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Department of Labor & Industry Visits Berks County Job Fair

by Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry

Department of Labor & Industry Visits Berks County Job Fair

Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry (L&I) Acting Deputy Secretary of Workforce Development Dan Kuba Wednesday joined 95 employers at a multi-industry job fair in Berks County designed to help Pennsylvanians advance their careers and support employers in their search for talented workers.

“Employers throughout Pennsylvania are competing for talent in a historically tight labor market. This moment is an opportunity for Pennsylvania workers to explore career opportunities, and events like today’s job fair are critical for making those connections that ultimately grow businesses and improve lives,” Kuba said. “Access to so many employers in one place empowers job seekers to not only look for a career in something they are already skilled in but to possibly consider a new career choice – all putting them on the path to a better future with more economic stability.”

The job fair, hosted by the PA CareerLink® Berks County, featured employers in various industries, including manufacturing, construction, logistics, banking, education, customer service, catering, and more. The fair also included workshops for workers to learn how to succeed at a job fair, successful interview skills, resume writing, tips for job seekers with criminal records and mock interviews.

As of September 2022, the unemployment rate in Berks County was 4.3 percent, decreasing by 0.2 percent from the previous month. Berks County has a slightly higher unemployment rate than the commonwealth, which is at 4.1 percent overall. According to L&I’s Center for Workforce Information & Analysis, Berks County industries with the largest number of employees in the first quarter of 2022 were elementary and secondary schools, restaurants, electrical equipment/component manufacturers, medical and surgical supplies and warehouse and storage.

PA CareerLink®

PA CareerLink® prepares Pennsylvanians to meet the needs of businesses and matches employers with qualified, skilled candidates. Individuals can register for career and training services, search for job postings and upload their resumes to make themselves visible and available to thousands of employers.

Some of the free career-building and other services provided include:

SkillUp™ PA

PA CareerLink® also has more than 5,000 free unique virtual training modules available through SkillUp™ PA to help anyone in the commonwealth gain new skills and advance their careers.

L&I launched SkillUp™ PA in August 2021 to give Pennsylvania workers and employers access to a diverse portfolio of online courses to build skills in accounting and finance, clerical work, customer service, information technology, marketing, soft skills like communication, time management, and more.

SkillUp™ PA also offers a flexible, self-directed e-learning service that gives job seekers the opportunity to manage their own training with the goal of improving their marketability to prospective employers. This includes access to a free curriculum to obtain industry-recognized credentials, including CompTIA, Cybersecurity, Project Management, Human Resources, Microsoft Office Specialist and more.

To access SkillUp™ PA, register for a free account online with PA CareerLink®.