Goodwill job fair draws hundreds

About 800 job seekers turned out for a job fair at Goodwill Industries on Thursday looking for employment.

Jobs ranging from certified nursing assistants and probation officers to retail management positions were available, said Amy Chastain, Goodwill’s communications manager.

Another fair in June drew about 1,100 people. Thursday’s turnout was not as high, and that may be an indication that the job market is improving slightly, Chastain said.

The state Department of Labor reported Thursday that Macon’s unemployment rate increased from 9.8 percent in August to 9.9 percent in September. Goodwill will have another big fair next year, and it may sponsor smaller job fairs in the coming months.

Thursday’s prospective employers said they were pleased with the candidates, Chastain said. “As long as they’re happy, we’re happy,” she said. “I think it was a good day.”