GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - A national recruiting company says unemployment may have reached its peak. Global Recruiting Solutions, which puts on job fairs across the country, held an event in Gulfport on Thursday. Officials say they're starting to see signs of recovery.
The company has hosted job fairs on the Mississippi coast for several years now, and they've watched unemployment go up. The staff says now more employers are starting to expanding their payrolls.
Max Sutton recently moved to South Mississippi from Atlanta, and went to the job fair with high hopes.
"I was looking around. I don't see much, but maybe something will give," said Sutton.
Global Recruiting Solutions officials say they are able to give applicants more choices at their job fairs these days. The staff said with high unemployment, the events drew plenty of job seekers but not always a lot of potential employers.
Peter Hall of Global Recruiting Solutions said, "A year and a half, two years ago, we weren't seeing as many companies that were coming out because they just weren't hiring. For the last six to eight months, nine months or so, we have seen a slight more of a plateau than a decrease. In some industries, an increase in the number of companies that are coming out to the events."
So many people looking for work should make hiring relatively easy for employers, but that's not always the case. Mary Sukiennik said her Ocean Springs-based business that provides in-home services for senior citizens has had trouble getting qualified people.
"It's been difficult to find people who are dependable, who are trustworthy, who have experience and who enjoy seniors. That's really important to be a good caregiver," Sukiennik said.
For some people, the job fair was a reality check. Competition for jobs means some may have to be willing to work for less.
"Anybody that has management experience is having to settle for crew member jobs, general labor jobs," said Chance Guyon. "A lot less pay than what we're used to making and it hurts bad."
Companies from Mississippi, Florida, Alabama, and Louisiana turned out for Thursday's job fair.