Cattaraugus County Job Fair held at County Fairgrounds

Employment recruiters and job seekers were busy Friday at the Cattaraugus County Job Fair at the Corporate Building at the County Fairgrounds. There were about 20 employers at the event.

LITTLE VALLEY — Dozens of area residents took advantage of a Cattaraugus County Job Fair Friday at the County Fairgrounds.

About 20 companies, agencies and municipal employers had job recruiters at the job fair.

The Cattaraugus County Department of Economic Development, Planning and Tourism hosted the job fair at the Corporate Building at the County Fairgrounds.

The job fair was advertised in area newspapers, on radio and social media. There was also a lot of word-of-mouth information about the Job Fair.

Many people liked the ability to meet with several potential employers at the same time.

It was the first time the Job Fair was held at the central location in the county at the fairgrounds in Little Valley.

Previous job fairs were held at the Ellicottville Town Center, but the Little Valley site has more room.

Between 50 and 60 people generally attended the job fairs. By 10 a.m. Friday, about 30 individuals had already met with potential employers, many in the healthcare field.

Craig Gardner, the development specialist with the county Department of Economic Development, Planning and Tourism, said besides healthcare jobs for nurses and nurses aides and other positions, Cattaraugus County and the Ellicottville and Ellicottville school districts were represented.

“We do job fairs in the spring and fall,” Gardner said. “People have come from all over the county, not just the Little Valley area,” he said. “We’ve even had someone from Bradford and Eldred in Pennsylvania.”

Gardner said there were some small businesses with specialized needs at the job fair like Fitzpatrick & Weller and R.S. Maher & Son Inc.

Tops Markets was also represented, as was the Seneca Allegany Resort & Casino, Holiday Valley resort, Upper Allegheny Health Systems, Cattaraugus Allegany BOCES, and the Cattaraugus County Youth Work Program.

HomeCare and Hospice, Total Senior Care, Field of Dreams, Gowanda Nursing Home, Willcare rounded out the healthcare employers attending.

The U.S. Census is looking for census workers, and nonprofits including New Directions Youth and Family Services and Snowbelt Warriors Inc., were also represented.

“Unemployment is down, but there are still jobs out there,” Gardner said.

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