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Wilson_hat Miami, FL – With her continued goal of employing residents, Congresswoman Frederica Wilson (FL-17) hosted a job fair in Miami that attracted more than 7,000 people seeking employment and 150 employers including federal and state agencies, Fortune 500 Companies and local businesses.  The day-long job fair was held at the James L. Knight Center in Downtown Miami, and included workshops that focused on job readiness and technical assistance seminars.

“Our goal was to match employers who were hiring with the unemployed and the underemployed,” said Congresswoman Wilson. “We’ve made a valiant first-step in making that happen.  Now, we need the employers to follow through and hire viable candidates.”

Two employers who participated in the job fair, Duty Free Americas and Wells Fargo found potential employees as a result. Duty Free Americas, a company that operates at Miami International Airport, had success identifying potential new workers during the job fair.

“We extended 50 offers for employment,” said Natalie Machado, Human Resources Manager for Duty Free Americas. “Since we are based at an airport, those hires are contingent upon clearance from U.S. Customs and the Transportation Security Administration.”

“We identified 30 candidates that will come in for a formal interview,” said Leo Toca, Vice President and Senior Community Development Officer at Wells Fargo. “The job fair was timely and well-organized. I give kudos for the entire process.”

With local unemployment in Miami-Dade and Broward counties at 13.9% and 9.5% respectively, Congresswoman Wilson’s priority since taking office in January has been job creation. Her first bill introduced in Congress is a federal direct-hire program and Congresswoman Wilson has worked tirelessly to make jobs a reality for all Americans.

The Miami job fair was a part of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) “For the People” Jobs Initiative, which has previously stopped in Cleveland, Ohio; Detroit, Michigan; and Atlanta, Georgia. The last stop is Los Angeles, California on August 31.

“We had to take matters into our own hands,” said Congresswoman Wilson. “With African American unemployment at staggering 16.2%, we could no longer wait for anyone to employ this community. We’ve got to be aggressive about employing people and preparing our residents for a technology-driven workforce.”


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