The Maricopa Job Fair drew 350 job-seekers to MUSD Wednesday. Photo by Michelle Chance

Approximately 350 job-seekers and 45 employers attended the Maricopa Job Fair Wednesday, according to the workforce agency Arizona@Work Pinal County.

This is the third year the job fair has been held in Maricopa, but the first time the Maricopa Unified School District Administrative Building has hosted it.

“Because [Harrah’s Ak-Chin] is doing renovations, MUSD was nice enough to let us do it here,” said Jason Robert with Arizona@Work Pinal County.

Robert estimated that about 90 percent of employers were local to Pinal County. According to the most recent statistics, the unemployment rate in Pinal County was 5.2 percent in May – a half of a percent increase from April.

Arizona@Work is a joint effort between various governmental agencies and private entities, Robert said.

“We offer job seekers free hiring event workshops and free services for employers to match them with job seekers,” Robert said.

Their county office is located at 318 N. Florence St. in Casa Grande and can be reached by phone at (520) 866-3600.

With its expansion under way, Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino will have a job fair of its own on Aug. 10 at Central Arizona College’s Maricopa Campus and another later in the year.

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