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Job Searches Intensify as $600 Federal Unemployment Benefits Expire

Manpower, a job recruiting agency hosted a drive-thru job fair as the $600 federal unemployment benefits are set to expire Saturday, July 25th

Posted: Jul 24, 2020 7:49 AM
Updated: Jul 24, 2020 7:51 AM

Job fairs increase as $600 federal unemployment bonus expires

The six hundred per week federal bonus for jobless benefits is set to expire this coming Saturday, July 25th.

And it’s one of the driving forces behind a drive-up job fair today in Evansville.

The big concern among those seeking jobs -- will the bonus be extended?

"Coronavirus is still getting serious,” said job seeker Dwayne Edwards. “And I don’t think everybody should be rushing back to work right now but everybody’s still got to take care of their families.”

Greg Wathen, president and CEP of the Economic Development Coalition of Southwest Indiana said while job posting are back up --
"What congress needs to do to assist us is making sure they relieve the uncertainty -- that feeling of people not being able to have a position,” he said.

As for those on the job hunt --- things are looking up -- with over six hundred postings for retail workers and over four hundred posting for healthcare workers as of Wednesday -- while job fairs are being hosted to help fill these roles.

"It's important to stay engaged and have these job fairs because we need people and we're seeing people coming out,” said Manpower operations manager Tom Donahue -- so we're excited about that."

While critics say the unemployment benefits -- discouraging some from seeking work -- with the bonus expiring -- one job recruiting company -- seeing more people look for unemployment.

"We're doing alot direct hires for professional positions but also production -- so we have seen the up tick."
Manpower is hosting another job fair from 11 to 1 on August 20th at their Owensboro location.

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