Hundreds turn out for Honolulu job fair

Mary Toves
Mary Toves
Llyod Mitchell
Llyod Mitchell
Andrew Akasuka
Andrew Akasuka
Nick Price
Nick Price

By Ramsay Wharton – bio | email

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Competition was fierce at Tuesday's job quest job fair at the Blaisdell.

More than a hundred employers set up shop looking for their next new hire.

"People are coming to change their professions and looking to get paid training with us," said Mary Toves of Clinical Labs Hawaii."

Many will drop off resumes, but few will be selected.

"Food and Beverage is what I've been doing for the past 35 years, so, it's time to retrain" said Llyod Mitchell who is seeking a job.

One of the interesting things about this year's job fair is that they've pulled together employers who are really interested in rehiring veterans.

Employers have tax credit incentives to "hire heroes "especially disabled vets and those who've been out of work for more than six months.

"Those credits can be up to $4,800. They're substantial and those credits might double if the Jobs Act passes in Congress," said Noe Foster CEO of The Strategies.

Job seeker Suzi Tovani says "I've put in a lot of resumes but the job market has been very difficult."

Former submarine engineer Nick Price hopes to have a job before he has to sign up for unemployment.

He just got out of the Navy Friday after 10 years of service.

"Aloha Petroleum had something. The FBI seemed pretty excited that I graduated college and have military experience, so" Price said.

Job seekers were surprised to hear a federal report estimates, one in 19 people getting unemployment in Hawaii are doing so illegally.

"I know it's always gonna happen, you just hope it's less than what it is" said Price.

"That's so false and bogus yeah. not right, to take from someone that deserves to get the money from someone. That's taking advantage of the system," said Andrew Akasuka.

Labor department research shows Hawaii paid about 42-million dollars in benefits to people who shouldn't have gotten it . Contributing to about 5 and half percent of the national problem.

That's frustrating news for legitimate job seekers trying to do the right thing. At time when jobs are slim and budgets are even slimmer.

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