FAIRFIELD — A twice-annual job fair by the Workforce Investment Board of Solano County that routinely draws 1,000 people will from now on take place only annually.
The fall job fair is canceled. The next job fair will be in spring 2014, board Executive Director Robert Bloom said Friday.
Federal cuts because of so-called sequestration and fewer grants is the reason, Bloom said. The Workforce Investment Board took in about $9.5 million a few years ago, when it received federal economic stimulus money. The budget today is about $4.2 million, he said.
Staffing has been cut from a high of 75 to 35, Bloom said. Furloughs are in place for nonunion staff, including himself, he said.
The job fairs have taken place at the University of Phoenix on Business Center Drive in Fairfield’s Green Valley area. Most recently, the spring job fair took place April 5. About 80 employers and 800 job-seekers attended, with job-seekers by the dozens lining up outside in the rain before the fair opened.
Bloom said employers can still have hiring events through the Workforce Investment Board. The board is still offering other services to employers and job seekers. Go to www.solanowib.org call 863-3540 for more information.
Have an item on a new businesses or business event for Biz Buzz? Reach Barry Eberling at 427-6929 or [email protected]