Marlborough, MA, October 28, 2017 --(PR.com
)-- Thirty-two local companies, including about a dozen set to open this fall at the Apex Center of New England in Marlborough, looked to fill over 1,000 vacancies during the city’s largest annual job fair.
Organized by the Marlborough Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) as part of Mayor Arthur Vigeant’s ongoing efforts to increase local employment, the sixth annual Marlborough Works! Job Fair was held at the Courtyard by Marriott in Marlborough last night.
A record number of close to 350 jobseekers came out to meet with hiring representatives from a variety of local companies, including GE Healthcare, Raytheon, Quest Diagnostics, IPG Photonics, Western Digital and many others.
In an effort to help connect local jobseekers to the hundreds of vacancies at the city’s hottest new development, MEDC designated a separate room at the job fair for employers soon-to-be-located at the Apex Center of New England. The Apex Center is a 475,000-square-foot mixed-use development that consists of a 150,000-square-foot entertainment complex, two hotels, six restaurants, and a variety of retail stores and office buildings.
As the center’s first tenants began to move in and open for business this month, those attending the job fair—including Apex Entertainment, Gold Fish Swim School, Evviva Cucina, MindTrek VR, Oxford Dental, and Securitas—were looking to fill at least 500 open positions. The entire development is expected to create a total of 1,600 jobs once it is fully operational.
With more than 6,000 jobs created in the city over the past five years, Marlborough’s unemployment rate hit a 15-year low of 2.7% in September of 2016, just ahead of the last Marlborough Works! Job Fair. This year’s event was held a week after the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development released its latest figures, showing that Marlborough’s unemployment fell to this year’s lowest rate of 2.9% in September. Although the new rate indicates a 7% year-on-year increase, the number of people employed is actually 1.9% percent higher than this time last year.
“Unemployment was close to 6% when we launched the Marlborough Works! initiative in 2012, and today it is about half of that,” said Marlborough Mayor Arthur Vigeant. “We had about 100 jobs on offer in that first year, and today we have 1,000, all at no cost to the job seekers or the employers. Our economy is strong, our companies are hiring and our residents are working, so I couldn’t be happier for what we’ve achieved in a few short years.”
“We are very excited about the opening of the Apex Center and the hundreds of permanent jobs it is creating,” said MEDC executive director, Meredith Harris. “People have been asking us where and how to apply for these jobs, so we wanted to give them an opportunity to meet with as many of the Apex Center employers as possible under one roof. We are confident that a good number of the jobseekers who came out today will walk away with actual jobs, and that is exactly what we want.”
For high-resolution images from the Marlborough Works! Job Fair go to: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/mnp72ltcdeiuxgt/AAD7U50B1tCCL3pGo442oJbCa?dl=0
The Marlborough Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) is the state chartered economic development corporation for the City of Marlborough, MA and represents a public-private partnership for planning. MEDC works with municipal and private investors to foster economic development, job growth and community revitalization. For a complete overview of MEDC, visit MarlboroughEDC.com.