Annual job expo cancelled; Experts see growing trend

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CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - For the first time in over a decade, the Greater Cincinnati Job Expo has been cancelled.

 "It was with a really have heart that we had to make the decision to cancel it this year," said Donna Szabo with Great Oaks Career Campuses, Expo organizer.
Szabo says only three employers had signed up to attend the expo so far this year, last year at the same time they had 12, and by August they usually have close to 100 employers.
"And some of the employers that traditionally attend the job expo  on a early basis said we're not hiring at this moment, we don't want to give people false hope, and a lot of employers and job seekers are looking at social media," Szabo said.
"We had to cancel the last two," said Dr. Shelley Cassady of Miami University.
Cassady says they had to cancel the Butler County Job fair both last year and this year for the same reasons.
"Employers just are not able to attend, they don't have the job openings to show candidates or discuss with candidates," Cassady said.
She says it all comes down companies not having the funds to fill positions or hire new workers.
"They don't have the budget lines to dedicate, or they haven't gotten the money in the budget line to dedicate the job," Cassady said.
Organizers say job-seekers can still take advantage of their Job Training Information Sessions at Scarlet Oaks on June 15 at 10:00 am, June 17 at 6:00 pm, or June 19 at 11:00 am.

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