“The employers are really looking for employees.”
That’s the message from Serena Sjodin, Executive Director with the Lloydminster Chamber of Commerce as they prepare for the return of the Lloydminster Job Fair in-person this Thursday at the Lloydminster Exhibition. A virtual edition will follow on Friday March 25th.
Sjodin says one of the reasons for holding the Job Fair is they are hearing from the business community that they are looking for staff.
“So we were hearing it a lot within the hospitality industry that they were having troubles recruiting employees and now as oil prices are amping up, we are seeing a lot of the oil service companies joining the Job Fair. They are really amping up. They are hiring as well.”
Sjodin looks at the job numbers in the Lloydminster area for the Alberta side which falls in the Camrose-Drumheller region. That shows unemployment down from 8.8 per cent last December and averaging about 6 per cent for January and February.
“We currently have an unemployment rate of 6.1 per cent. Full employment is classified at about 5-5.2 per cent, which does mean that there are workers out there who are looking for employment.”
The Saskatchewan side of the city is housed in the Prince Albert and Northern region. It’s showing average unemployment at 5.5 per cent for the first two months of this year.
Thursday’s in-person edition is at the Lloydminster Exhibition in the Culligan Water Alberta Room from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The virtual aspect will be Friday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. using this link to access the event.
Online attendees will need to register and create a profile online, which will allow them to book a meeting with employers.