Monroe County Chamber of Commerce hosted a job fair for local employers

When the governors of Mississippi and Alabama announced an end to federal subsidy to unemployment they sighted many employers are in need of workers. The Monroe county chamber of commerce hosted a job fair today in Amory in hopes of putting people in open positions with several companies.

Posted: May 12, 2021 6:16 PM
Updated: May 13, 2021 9:41 AM

AMORY, Miss. (WTVA)- When the governors of Mississippi and Alabama announced an end to a federal subsidy to unemployment they sighted many employers are in need of workers. The Monroe county chamber of commerce hosted a job fair today in Amory in hopes of putting people in open positions with several companies.

From law enforcement to the medical field, to factory work, many employers were at the old armory in Amory Wednesday trying to get people to work for them.

The president of Nautic Star, Scott Wamack said he needs around 50 more employees right now, "We are expanding and plan to grow even more in the future but first we have to fill these 50 positions."

Willie McMillian is from Aberdeen, he was applying for jobs, looking to get back into the workforce after being unemployed for a year, "I applied for the boat place and the construction over there, I am just trying to find some work, period"

Some folks today were looking to get back to work, some were looking for better-paying jobs. Governor Tate reeves announced earlier this week the state would no longer provide the federal stipend for $300 extra per week in unemployment benefits. Alabama Governor Kay Ivey made the same announcement as well for her state. Both cited the troublesome businesses had in hiring people.

Womack said the extra benefits right now has made it difficult for employers, "The extra benefits have probably helped keep some people out of the active workforce"

An employer at Homestretch Furniture said they also need workers. He told me he believes more people will start looking for jobs after June but doesn't believe any employer will see an immediate rush for employment openings.

Mississippi Coronavirus Cases

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Cases: 319948

Reported Deaths: 7371
CountyCasesDeaths
DeSoto22285267
Hinds20719421
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Rankin13901282
Jackson13718248
Madison10263224
Lee10059176
Jones8467167
Forrest7832153
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Washington5425137
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Marshall4574105
Warren4440121
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Hancock386987
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Tate342486
Sunflower339491
Pike3371111
Alcorn327272
Scott320374
Yazoo314171
Adams308086
Itawamba305178
Copiah299966
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Simpson298589
Tippah291968
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Leake272074
Marion271280
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Jasper222148
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Holmes190474
Stone188433
Clay187954
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Calhoun174132
Yalobusha167840
Smith164134
Walthall135347
Greene131834
Lawrence131124
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Perry127238
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Webster115032
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Wilkinson69632
Jefferson66228
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Cases: 548657

Reported Deaths: 11306
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Pike314378
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Marengo250565
Pickens236962
Barbour234559
Hale227278
Butler224271
Fayette218862
Henry194543
Randolph187544
Cherokee187345
Monroe180041
Washington170539
Macon163051
Clay160059
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