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300 jobs up for grabs in Seneca county

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TIFFIN, OH (Toledo News Now) -

Seneca County held its first ever job fair Monday to fill nearly 300 jobs available countywide.

The job fair took place at the Heminger Center on Tiffin University's campus with more than 40 local companies attending. Positions were available at every level, from entry to veterans with years of experience.

"We obviously need to showcase these businesses and that they have jobs for those out there as jobseekers," said Holly Stacy, county commissioner. "I'd say it's very heavy on the manufacturing end and then followed closely behind that is health care."

Those in attendance say they think it is a good sign the economy is starting to turn around.

"It gives you hope. It makes you think that our community is interested in growing and this job fair proves that," said Brenda Messer, a jobseeker.

The idea came from Congressman Jim Jordan's office.

"We heard it time and time again from employers all over the district, and certainly here in Seneca County: 'We have jobs here, we just cant find people to work,'" said Jordan.

So county commissioners made this a priority.

"The name of the game is economic development, and if our businesses have the employees, they need to produce the products, provide the services, whatever they're in the business of doing, and are able to do that and do it well. That helps them stay in business," said Stacy.

The fair was a collaborative effort involving Congressman Jordan, the Board of Seneca County Commissioners, cities of Tiffin and Fostoria, Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, Seneca Regional Chamber of Commerce, Fostoria Area Chamber of Commerce, Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corporation, as well as Fostoria Economic Development Corporation.

County leaders say if Monday's event is successful they will look into holding another fair.

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