Today, Rep. Grace F. Napolitano hosted a free job fair along with the Norwalk Employment Development Department and several other community partners at the Norwalk Arts and Sports Complex. More than 500 job-seekers met with 95 hiring employers, along with free service providers, including free health screenings, free haircuts, resume workshops, job training opportunities, and more.
"We must do everything we can to assist the many qualified and hard-working families who are out of work in this economy," Napolitano said. "This fair is an opportunity for people who are looking for work to meet with hiring employers, get the support they need, and be back on the job and earning a paycheck as soon as possible."
"I just graduated from college and it's hard for me to get a job," said Carlton, from Norwalk. "I'm looking for a real job, a career, a legit job. This is a great event, a lot of companies out here -- so far so good."
Other partners at the fair included the City of Norwalk, the Southeast Los Angeles County Workforce Investment Board, and the Southeast Area Social Services Funding Authority (SASSFA).
Napolitano also discussed "Make it in America," the Democratic jobs agenda that aims to strengthen U.S. manufacturing and make critical investments in infrastructure, education, small business support, clean energy, and other areas that can provide good-paying jobs.
"We must focus on the priorities that created the middle class: good-paying jobs, quality education, cutting-edge research, and solid infrastructure," Napolitano said. "We have to create more opportunities for people out of work and for the next generation. By making the investments our economy and middle class needs to grow, we can ensure that working families are able to "make it in America' for years to come."