Drive-thru job fairs will take place from noon to 4 p.m. Wednesday, July 15 at the Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College’s Ashland campus and Northcentral Technical College in Phillips.
Job seekers can drive up in their cars and receive a bag of information from employers looking to recruit. The state-led initiative, meant to connect those seeking work with local businesses, is being coordinated by the Northwest Wisconsin Workforce Investment Board.
The move comes at a time when unemployment claims in Wisconsin have reached record levels due to COVID-19. Out of the largest 34 cities in Wisconsin, Superior had the highest unemployment rate in May at 17.5%, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Douglas County's May unemployment rate was 17.8%, down from 21% in April.
An additional federal unemployment benefit of $600 per week, part of the federal CARES Act in response to the pandemic, is set to end in late July.
The drive-thru option is a way to maintain social distancing while getting information on employment opportunities to those seeking jobs.
Businesses interested in getting involved can register online through the Northwest Wisconsin Workforce Investment Board or email Scott Schultz, director of industry and innovation at the board, email@example.com. Additional information is available online.