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Connecting employers with potential employees

ROTHSCHILD (WAOW) -- People packed the Rothschild pavilion from wall to wall. Many employers were looking for workers and many more people were looking to get hired. 

There was barely room to walk around the Rothschild Pavilion, where about 1,200 people stopped in search of a new career path. Some have been laid off. Others are just trying to get their foot in the door. But all have a common goal -- a steady paycheck.

"I think there are jobs out there but I don't think you're going to make a whole lot of money if you don't put some education behind yourself," said Josh Warmeth, who live in Minocqua.

And if at first you don't succeed, state employment leaders said you can try again.

"We saw many people that were in one career, stopped, went back to school, whether it was a technical college or certification of skill and got a job in a different career," said Department of Workforce Development Deputy Secretary Reggie Newson.

While some made plans for today, others look to the future.

"We're a company that's growing relatively rapidly in the area and even though we may not have openings in a particular area now, those things may develop over the next six months," said Dean Peterson, who works as the HR manager at Schuette Inc.

From local manufacturing jobs to opportunities within the medical profession, the range of options ran high. Job-seekers with varying levels of schooling say they found some hope. One of the organizers, Republican congressman Sean Duffy, said that was the goal.

"I'm talking to people here who have been out of work for weeks, some for months, some for years," said Rep. Sean Duffy (R-7th District). "They are just gearing up for an opportunity."

Duffy partnered with leaders from the Department of Workforce Development in what they call a continuing effort to put Wisconsinites back to work.

"Some traveled from Milwaukee County to come up here for this job fair," said Newson. "Folks are hungry for job opportunities.They're looking for jobs. They're looking for how to get training, how to develop their skill sets, trying to find out what employers are looking for."

Employment experts said more than 35,000 openings were posted on the state's job search site -- just last week. To find more information about job opportunities around Wisconsin, you can click on this link.

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