INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - Indiana lost 15,000 jobs in May and the unemployment rateclimbed to 10.6%; twice the rate it was in May of 2008.
So, Mayor Greg Ballard in cooperation with the IndianapolisPrivate Industry Council and Indianapolis Economic DevelopmentIncorporated hosted a job fair at Lucas Oil Stadium.
More than 3700 Hoosiers pre-registered and many more registeredon site; all vying for one of the 1150 jobs available.
Lee Coone attended the job fair in hopes of landing a job. He is50 years old and has 20 years of information technologyexperience.
A total of 55 businesses participated in the job fair.Brightpoint is just one of the companies Coone spoke with andhe’s hoping he’ll be employed soon.
"It gives us a good idea of what's out there in the communityand hopefully we can fill some of the spots that we need fillednow," said Pam McClellan of Brightpoint.
The cell phone service and logistics provider currently has 31openings. But Coone has plenty of competition.
"It's kind of tough out there. I mean there are jobs to behad. There are always postings out there, but there are a lot ofpeople looking," said Coone.
And many of those looking are like Coone, older with years ofexperience. In fact, of those who pre-registered the largest groupis 45 and older.
So, is Coone worried about competing with younger, lessexperienced, lower paid talent?
"That's always a fear. But you have to hope that you can findthe employer who's looking for the person who can walk in the doorand hit the ground running," said Coone.
That's his hope. Younger job seekers just want the chance toprove themselves.
Angela Strahan graduated in May with a degree in psychology andleft the event with two job prospects. She said it was definitelytime well spent.
The job fair was from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. and more than 6,000attended. Organizers said some business representatives conductedinterviews and hired on site.
A winter weather advisory was issued for Wayne, Union, Switzerland, Ripley, Ohio, Franklin, Fayette and Dearborn counties on Saturday night.
IMPD officials say a 3-year-old boy has died after he was shot in the head Saturday evening.
Lawrence Police are investigating an overnight shooting in the 8800 block of Pendleton Pike. Police say the shooting happened around 3 a.m. Sunday morning.