Job fair aims to ease unemployment in Jamaica
by Andrew Pavia
Aug 28, 2013 | 556 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
In Jamaica, many residents have been out of work for months or even years, which explained the block-long line at a job fair in the neighborhood last week.

Hundreds stood in the 88-degree heat in the parking lot of South Jamaica Multi-Service Center on Guy R. Brewer Boulevard for a chance to meet with prospective employers.

“I will definitely close down my parking lot and open it up to the community if it can get them jobs,” said Gilroy Fabian, property manager for the center.

Potential employers included businesses like Resorts World Casino, Costco, Chase, Walgreens, and a local White Castle. The NYPD, FDNY and U.S. Army were also looking for new recruits.

“I think events like this are very important, especially with the way the economy is right now,” said Salvatore Lopizzo, founder of Yana Services in the Rockaways. “The more resources and information people have the better.”

Lopizzo is familiar with helping the unemployed. Yana Services teaches people to be self-sustaining, giving classes on topics such as setting up a day care facility in one’s home or making a home more energy efficient by using solar energy.

Kenneth Butler, 20, attended the job fair. He said it was time he started pulling his weight at home by paying for college.

“My parent’s are doing too much,” said Butler, who is pursuing a career as a video game designer. “They have to pay the mortgage bills and my tuition. It’s too much and it’s unfair to them. It’s time to grow up, your know.”

“When you have one of the highest unemployment rates in all of Queens, then that means leaders have an obligation to help people get jobs,” said State Senator James Sanders, who helped organize the fair. “People are always running around saying that no one wasn’t to work. Nonsense, there are hundreds of people here looking for a job.”

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