LCSN: Looking for work? NMSU job fair to highlight public service jobs

November 16, 2009. Retrieved online November 16, 2009 from Brook Stockberger, Las Cruces Sun-News

LAS CRUCES — For jobseekers, the situation can feel kind of grim. The unemployment rate in Doña Ana County at of the end of September was 7.7 percent, up from 4.7 percent a year ago, and the national unemployment numbers have reached the double-digit phase.

One area that continues to plug away with hiring, though, is the public sector as jobs are available with the federal government and, even if some state and local governments are putting the breaks on hiring, they still need to keep some positions filled, said James Peach, who teaches economics and international business at New Mexico State University.

“Even though the total employment is not expanding, there is still a lot of hiring going on,” Peach said. “Historically, we’ve had good luck with federal government employment (in our area). And one of the things happening in the federal government is the wave of baby boomers who are retiring.”

On Tuesday, a variety of governmental agencies and departments will be at NMSU to meet with prospective employees. Called the Borderlands Public Career Showcase, the job fair will feature at least 26 federal and state agencies who will accept applications and, in some cases, even conduct interviews on the spot.

The job fair is scheduled to last from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the first floor of Corbett Center Student Union. The second day of the showcase will be held Thursday on the University of Texas-El Paso campus at the UTEP Union.

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