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.

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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, sschultz@nwwib.com. Additional information is available online.