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The number of people applying for jobless benefits are the lowest they’ve been since March 1973, according to a recent report from the U.S. Department of Labor. Although the labor market continues to strengthen despite a sluggish economy, there are still thousands of people looking for jobs and many job openings left unfilled.

While some economists believe that jobless claims are running low and that the economy is creating a lot of jobs, Elise Gould, an economist for the Economic Policy Institute — a think tank affiliated with the labor movement — noted that, “Despite companies adding jobs, in the United States, there are still 14 job seekers for every 10 openings.”

The number of job openings compared to workers who are unemployed also varies considerably depending on the industry. Some have debated that the unfilled jobs are vacant due to a skills gap.  As North America’s leading nonprofit provider of job training, employment placement services and other community-based programs, Goodwill® is helping people overcome challenges that prevent them from finding and keeping good jobs.

As part of that ongoing effort, Goodwill Industries of Upstate/Midlands South Carolina will join with other Goodwill organizations around the United States and Canada to host career fairs May 1- 7 as part of Goodwill Industries Week.  In addition to dozens of hiring events through the Upstate and Midlands, Goodwill is also hosting, for the first time, a job fair specifically for youth 14 – 24 years old on Tuesday, May 3rd at the Goodwill Job Connection on Haywood Road in Greenville.  Goodwill Week will culminate on Friday, May 6th with regional multi-employer hiring events in Greenville, Easley, Simpsonville, and Columbia. 

The sale of donated goods at Goodwill Industries of Upstate/Midlands South Carolina stores and online helps fund its job placement and training services. Everyone in the community can do their part by donating things they no longer need.  Last year, over 36,000 people in the Upstate and Midlands benefited from Goodwill’s  services. 

Since 1951, Goodwill Industries Week has taken place the first full week of May. For more information about Goodwill Industries Week and to find in-person career fairs or to attend a career fair, visit www.goodwillsc.org/jobfairs or https://goodprospects.goodwill.org/events .

Goodwill Industries of Upstate/Midlands South Carolina helps people become independent through education and training leading to employment.  Last year, Goodwill placed 10,596 people into employment through its job training programs and Goodwill Job Connection services. 

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