More WMass employers looking to hire

22News looked into whether that national report reflects the job climate here in western Massachusetts.

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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – January hiring got off to a slower-than-expected start, according to a new report by ADP. Companies across the U-S did add positions, but at lowest rate in four months. Here in western Massachusetts, however, the new year, so far, has presented new opportunities for job seekers.

FutureWorks has had to postpone some of their job fairs because of the recent snow storms. But Konrad Rogowski, the director of career services told 22News, even when they reschedule the events, employers are staying with them eager to recruit new workers.

“Our upcoming job fair on February 9th has 32 employers who are signed up. Jobs in HR, administrative, social work, those types of things. Moving into warehousing and retailing on the other side,” Rogowski said.

One Springfield job seeker told 22News she’s trying to find work as a certified nursing assistant. She said it’s encouraging to finally get some return calls from employers, as opposed to a few years back when she’d send out dozens of resumes and applications but never land an interview.

“It was much harder to find a job a couple years ago but now it’s getting better. They’re really looking for people,” said Tasha Austin.

FutureWorks is also seeing growth in seasonal employment as well — more jobs in amusement parks, tax preparation, landscaping and home improvement.

FutureWorks will hold a job fair (weather-permitting) Monday, February 9th, 2015 from 4PM-7PM at the Basketball Hall of Fame.

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