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Our economy was strong before the COVID-19 pandemic seemed to grind it to a halt earlier this year.

Unemployment claims soared. Our government's response was to give people more than a helping hand in many cases. But some of these generous government programs are coming to an end.

It's time to get back to work.

If you're in need of a job, there are state resources to help. One such resource is the Return Strong Virtual Job Fair. The Missouri Department of Higher Education & Workforce Development is hosting the last of two job fairs from 2-5 p.m. Aug. 5.

The department said more than 200 employers are signed up to connect with job seekers in the virtual setting. Missouri is teaming with Colorado to use its virtual software for the events.

The platform will include open job listings by industry, a chance for employers to host live chats, give presentations about their company and job opportunities, and speak with job candidates.

"Connecting job candidates to hiring companies is a key component to the state's Return Strong campaign and our department's overall mission," said Mardy Leathers, director of Workforce Development, in a news release. "There are a historic number of people seeking employment right now, so we hope to make this virtual experience just as impactful as any face-to-face job fair."

Job seekers can register now at to receive a reminder email and link to the virtual job fairs.

Additional virtual job fairs are being planned for the future.

There are many resources available for job-seekers. The Virtual Job Fair is a big one. If you're seeking employment consider taking part in the event, which can potentially connect you to some 200 employers at a single event.

News Tribune

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