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State senator’s annual job fair expands list of employers and jobs

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ALBUQUERQUE, NM — Staffing shortages are pushing a state legislator’s annual job fair into new territory this year, with more jobs up for grabs than ever before.

The job fair roster has over a hundred New Mexico employers with over 6,400 jobs ready to fill. This is a record for Senator Michael Padilla’s annual job fair.

“This is the most jobs we’ve recruited in the last 10 years at a single job fair,” Padilla said.

That’s 2,000 more positions than last year’s job fair – when around 3,000 people showed up.

It’s still hard to say why the number of jobs available exceeds the number of people available to fill them, but Padilla has some ideas.

“I don’t know if it’s because people don’t want to go back to work. I think a lot of that may be because the economy is accelerating and changing at a faster rate than the workforce is ready to, Padilla said.

This year’s job fair will include familiar employers, but also many new ones. From APS to UPS, from Creamland Dairy to State Farm Insurance.

Padilla says there will be something for everyone.

“I can’t imagine if you go there with all the skills you might have, I think you’ll find something everywhere, from beginners to senior professionals,” he said.

Senator Padilla’s job fair begins Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Harrison Middle School in southwest Albuquerque. 115 employers are expected with more than 6,400 jobs available.