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Low unemployment rate has employers struggling to fill positions

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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

The state's low unemployment rate has Hawaii employers scrambling to find qualified workers.

That fact was on display Tuesday at the Neal Blaisdell Center, where the Job Quest job fair attracted about 2,000 people. Some already had jobs, but were searching for new opportunities. Others were eyeing second jobs.

"There just aren't as many people that are looking for work when you come to 3 percent unemployment," said Beth Busch, executive director of Job Quest. "But we also have a lot of holiday hires here today. We think we're getting a lot of people who might want second jobs."

The state's unemployment rate in August was 3.4 percent, down from 3.5 percent in July. Nationally, the unemployment rate is 4.9 percent.

Attendee Kapiolani Masusako came to the job fair to look for "different opportunities."

"You never know what else is out there and there's always areas you can advance in so this is a great place to find it," she said.

The event featured 250 employers from various fields, including health care, banking and retail. Some employers conducted interviews at the job fair to speed up the hiring process.

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