Annual Osceola County job fair seeks to match job seekers with hundreds of openings

OSCEOLA COUNTY, Fla. — Osceola County government and business leaders alike came together Wednesday for the common goal of filling hundreds of available job openings across the area.

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70-year-old Osceola County resident Shirley Green is one of the people who showed up Wednesday hoping to find work.

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“I’m desperately looking for a job,” Green said. “And at my age, my physical challenges, it’s tough to find a job I can physically handle. I know I’m not alone in this.”

Green moved to Osceola County from the Denver area last winter. She was just one of dozens who stopped by the Heritage Park Event Center looking for work.

Data from the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity shows that in Osceola County, 11,000 people were unemployed as of August 2021. In Orange County there were 33,000 people out of work.

Romel Austria, Printing Process Manager for Nursing Supplies Inc., was on site Wednesday trying to find workers. He says it’s been a challenge recently.

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“With this pandemic, it’s been really hard,” Austria said. “It’s hard to get people.”

The county says hospitality jobs in particular currently have the most openings.

Ramada Gateway Kissimmee HR Manager Danielle Diaz says she’s seen how the pandemic has made people more willing to work.

“You see some people that maybe have a little more experience, but start at the entry level,” Diaz said. “I think that says a lot about the employees that are looking.”

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For those who missed Wednesday’s job fair, the majority of the companies participating said they’ll still be actively hiring for the next few months.

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