Job Fair in Quincy Raises Employment Hopes

By: Blaine Tolison Email
By: Blaine Tolison Email

In less than a month a local mushroom farm will shut its doors for good and many of the nearly 500 employees at Quincy Farms are still looking for work.

Gwendolyn Wilson attended the second Workforce job fair Wednesday night for Quincy Farms employees. She says Saturday was her last day at the farm after working there for more than twenty years. "I went on-line and filed for my unemployment. What I am mostly concerned about is my medical insurance, so I'm going to keep searching around until I find something reasonable." said Wilson.

The job fair included several companies with opportunities for employment, but a new addition was the state's Agency for Workforce Innovation, a mobile station for laid off workers to quickly submit applications for unemployment.

Sharon Washington, who helped them apply said, "That's one of the reasons I'm here, to help them file their claims and get them on the right track, hopefully to put some money in their pockets. A lot of them are complaining about not having money for their utility bills. We have a lot of happy faces because I actually processed some weeks for them."

Thanks to an abundance of resources at the Quincy job fair, other unemployed workers were able to take part in the event. Burdell Muller was working the the Leon County Civic Center, but was recently laid off. He came from Tallahassee to find an opportunity at the job fair. "Hopefully, I'm looking to find a job sometime this week to be able to go back to work to support my family, my two sons." said Muller.

Workforce Plus says it is hard to tell how many unemployed workers are benefiting from the job fair at this point, but those out of work say they are glad to have one door that isn't closed. Workforce Plus says it plans to have another job fair in February, but they do not have an exact date yet.

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