If you want to see how the private sector is faring these days, look no further than your local job fair. That's the message from the director of Monday's Times-Union Job Fair who told YNN's Geoff Redick that it was one of the best fairs she's ever organized.
ALBANY, N.Y. -- Erin Rosa remembers the economic recession well.
"A few years ago, when we weren't seeing as many jobs added to this area. We were having lines out the door," said Rosa, the Time-Union Recruitment Sales Director.
A bad ratio: More people looking and less people hiring. But on Monday, it was the exact opposite.
Rosa said, "Absolutely. The more vendors means more jobs. The less lines means you're getting more people that are employed and may be looking elsewhere, or, you know, the job market is getting better."
Such is the case for Matthew Jones, a 23-year-old college graduate who's already been to three job fairs.
"They're all looking and you just have to put yourself out there. It's not hard to pull an interview, it really isn't," Jones said.
Jones has already landed one job from a career fair and was optimistic Monday would bring more success. Not so for Juni Pierre Louis.
"I've been looking for work. It's going to be six months that I've been in Albany. I've been looking for clerical work, administrative assistant work," Pierre Louis said.
Since moving away from Brooklyn, Pierre Louis says she's tried everything, even approached employers directly, but has not received any solid leads.
Pierre Louis said, "I've attended various job fairs. It's very difficult to find employment in my career."
With the federal government still shut down, there are no current national unemployment numbers. But in August, the State Department of Labor reported the Capital Region had one of the lowest unemployment rates statewide. Also, 23,000 private sector jobs were added in New York in August. That brought job availability numbers to a record high here.