More than 65 local employers will be on hand to recruit, screen and hire candidates at the Charleston Area Convention Center today.
Goodwill Industries of Lower South Carolina's 8th Annual Community Career Fair will last from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Company representatives will be looking for entry-level, advanced, professional and technical employees. There is no cost to attend and parking is free.
Employers from these industries were expected to attend: food service, law enforcement, sales, marketing, retail, health care, banking, transportation, customer service, education, the military and more. Goodwill Industries said that more than 1,800 job seekers attended last year's event.
South Carolina's unemployment rate rose to its highest level in more than two years in May, the most recent month for which state data was available. The unemployment rate jumped to 6.5 percent from 5.9 percent in April, according to the South Carolina Employment Security Commission. Only five states and the District of Columbia had higher jobless levels that month.
In South Carolina, Charleston and Dorchester counties had the third- and fourth-lowest unemployment rates in May, or 4.6 and 4.9 percent, respectively. Berkeley County also was among the 10 lowest, with a rate of 5.5 percent.