By Senior Correspondent Desirée Taylor
Hundreds of job seekers packed the Wyndham Grand Hotel in Newark for a chance to meet face to face with recruiters from Swissport USA. The aviation services group needs hundreds of new employees for its new cargo operation opening soon at Newark Liberty International Airport. New Jersey labor commissioner Harold Wirths described these employment opportunities as good paying jobs that include health and dental benefits. And he says the company is giving priority to residents impacted by superstorm Sandy as well as the long-term unemployed.
Job applicant McCarly Thompson was laid in 2011 after 23 years at his previous job. Since then, he’s been looking for work but he says it’s been difficult to get a job because there’s so much competition. “On top of the college graduates, you’ve got people with work experience and degrees … pretty soon parents are going to be competing with their kids for a job,” said Thompson.
There’s no question the competition for jobs these days is fierce, but there are signs the state’s job market is improving. According to state labor officials, more than 30,000 New Jerseyans found jobs in December, the largest job gains since 1990. And another large employer, Amazon, is looking to fill more than 700 jobs for a warehouse it’s opening in Robbinsville next year.
Swissport USA is planning to hold several more job fairs in the Newark area in the coming weeks.