Mesa County is at the cusp of a hiring frenzy

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. — Mesa County is on the cusp of a hiring frenzy. The “Help Wanted” signs are popping up more and more. The Workforce Center is already seeing high employment needs for multiple businesses.

“Right now, the number one industry that we’re seeing the biggest demand in is healthcare,” Curtis Englehart informs, “As the weather starts to get warmer, we’re gonna see a lot more of those construction jobs start opening up and those hospitality-tourism type positions opening up as well, and we’ll also see an increase in retail positions as well as the food service industries which was hit very hard during COVID.”

On top of a place to look for a job, a number of places already have several spots to fill. Enstrom Candies has a big order to fill this year with the pandemic winding down.

“We are, in a few weeks time, going to start our Christmas production,” Jamee Simons reveals, “We make our candy through the summer, all of our toffee through the summer and our chocolates, and the toffee we freeze. So we are looking for help in making candy and packaging candy.”

New jobs call for job fairs which are making their way back in the near future. Select companies are not requiring vaccination for potential hires.

The Workforce Center is co-hosting a major career and job fair at Mesa Mall with Colorado Mesa University on Thursday, April 8th, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Military Veterans can come in at 9:30 a.m. There will be music, food trucks, job seeker prizes, and an area to get professional pictures taken.

This event offers opportunities to connect with employers who are looking to hire for part-time and full-time jobs. All COVID-19 precautions have been put in place including, hosting the event outside in the south parking lot facing JC Penney, spreading employers and patrons out, enforcing masks, and having one entrance and one exit.

Any questions regarding the event can be forwarded to the Mesa County Workforce Center at 970-248-7560 and Colorado Mesa University Career Services: 970-248-1404.

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