Employers and prospective employees were hoping to link up and give an added boost to the local economy.
More than 40 employers set up booths at the 23rd annual Salina Employment Expo this afternoon. The event allowed employers to have direct contact with close to 300 job seekers.
One of these prospective employers was TSI Kansas Incorporated. The truck driving company is based out of Clay Center, Kansas.
TSI recruiter John Stephens says the company is in dire need of drivers and mechanics.
"Drivers are in very high demand, over the road drivers are in extreme high demand," said Stephens.
Those looking for employment or just a career change were able to fill out applications, be interviewed and in some cases hired on the spot.
Angela Hayden, an Account Executive with the Salina Media Group says the unemployment rate sits just under 5% in Salina. While that is below the national average, she says it is hard for some companies to find qualified applicants to fill a variety of positions.
"Getting qualified applicants into apply for jobs is one of the largest struggles," said Hayden.
Hayden says without capable employees to fill some positions, it would hamper the local economy.
"For Salina, we are so manufacturing dependent, we have large manufacturing facilities and when they don't have the employees that they need, the productivity level drops," said Hayden.
Sponsors for the event say that by putting more people into the workforce, that it would bring more money into the local economy.
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