Employers at a Western North Carolina Job Fair Report an Ongoing Labor Shortage

FLETCHER, North Carolina—A western North Carolina job fair promoting employment opportunities with wages starting at $18 per hour revealed an ongoing need for local businesses to hire workers. “This job fair is being offered due to outcry from local employers from all sectors who are begging for workers,” Barbara Darby, one of the job fair’s organizers, told The Epoch Times. Darby, the regional business services coordinator for the Mountain Area Workforce Development Board (MAWDB), an employment center in Asheville, North Carolina, said the job fair consists of 70 companies from seven surrounding counties. In partnership with the Asheville Area, Brevard/Transylvania, Henderson County, and Madison County Chamber of Commerce, the MAWDB hosted the “$18 per Hour and Beyond” job fair on Tuesday, Aug. 10 at the Western North Carolina Agricultural Center in Fletcher, North Carolina. “We are just trying to provide an opportunity for both the job seeker and the employer …

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