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Peosta job fair targets skilled laborers

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Representatives from 16 companies gathered at Northeast Iowa Community College Thursday for an advanced manufacturing job fair Representatives from 16 companies gathered at Northeast Iowa Community College Thursday for an advanced manufacturing job fair
PEOSTA (KWWL) -

In a matter of supply and demand, the number of skilled laborer jobs in Iowa is booming, but the size of the qualified workforce hasn't quite caught up.

On Thursday, 16 eastern Iowa manufacturing plants sent a message loud and clear: We are hiring! It was at an advanced manufacturing job fair held at Northeast Iowa Community College in Peosta.

Matt Hoppman is graduating in May with a degree in welding, which makes him a hot commodity for manufacturing companies looking to hire. He attended Thursday's job fair

"It feels pretty good to know that there's jobs out there waiting for me," Hoppman said." I don't have to worry about finding a job after school."

Julie Ryan was there recruiting for Berry Plastics. She's the company's human resource manager.

"I know everybody here is looking for employees," she said. "There's a lot of work here in Dubuque County, and we just need people to come see us. We're hiring!"

Wendy Mihm-Herold is the vice president of economic development for NICC and said companies are hiring urgently.

"We know that in the state of Iowa, we're looking at having well over 100,000 people being of age of retire, with a great percentage of those working in advanced manufacturing," she said.

Job Website Access Dubuque currently has more than 200 advanced manufacturing jobs listed, Mihm-Herold said.

"Advanced manufacturing jobs are here, are here locally in Dubuque, is a great career," Mihm-Herold said. "It's a great opportunity for you to have a sustainable wage."

Companies at the fair are looking to fill everything from entry positions on up.

NICC partners with local manufacturing companies to develop programs that directly address the shortage of skilled workers.

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