MAIN STREET JOURNAL – In a press release issued recently, Marlborough Economic Development (MEDC) touted positive economic figures while announcing an upcoming event aimed at helping job seekers in finding a perfect match.
According to MEDC, the City of Marlborough has gained close to 6,000 new jobs since 2012. New commercial move-ins and expansions, mostly from the biotech, high tech and manufacturing industries, have brought more than 5,000 new jobs to the city, with the rest coming from organic growth within the business community.
As a result, unemployment in Marlborough fell by 35% during the same period, from 5.7% in August 2012 to 3.7% in August 2015, according to the latest figures from the Massachusetts Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development. The city’s current unemployment rate is 21% and 27% lower than the Commonwealth and national averages respectively.
MEDC Executive Director Tim Cummings says the city has been gaining momentum because of its appeal to biotech firms and manufacturers of all sizes. “Marlborough has an ideal location and Class A commercial buildings, with access to the same talent pool as Boston and Cambridge,” said Cummings. “Clearly this is attractive to companies of all sizes and, for us, one of the end results is more jobs for our residents. Six thousand new jobs in four years in a community of just forty thousand people is nothing short of amazing.”
Cummings noted that the Marlborough Works! initiative, which launched in June 2012, has coincided with the major improvements in the city’s job market. The initiative was organized by the MEDC and Employment and Training Resources (ETR) as part of Mayor Arthur Vigeant’s initiative to increase local employment.
Marlborough Works! includes a series of three events held annually beginning with a Resume Development Workshop recently held at the Embassy Suites. It was the first of two complimentary training sessions for Marlborough residents, offered ahead of the main event, the Marlborough Works! Job Fair planned for later this month.
The second session, a Networking and Marketing Workshop, was held last week, also at the Embassy Suites. The forum offered guidance to job seekers and how to effectively market themselves to prospective employers.
The Marlborough Works! Job Fair will run from 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM at the Courtyard by Marriott-Marlborough Ballroom on Tuesday, October 27th. To date, twenty-five companies from various industries have signed up to participate in the free event, including GE Healthcare, Quest Diagnostics, SanDisk, Boston Scientific, TJX Companies and many more.
This year’s Job Fair will be held in two separate rooms, with larger employers only meeting with jobseekers who have already applied for available positions online. Applicants will be required to show copies of their online applications, in order to gain access to company representatives. A complete list of participating companies and those requiring proof of application can be found at www.etrcc.com/job
Although registration is not mandatory, those interested in attending the Marlborough Job Fair are encouraged to register at www.etrcc.com/forms-marlborough-job-fair-registration.php.
This article originally appeared here.