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Congressmen John Lewis and Hank Johnson along with The Congressional Black Caucus have launched a “For the People” Jobs Initiative to get 10,000 people hired.  Congressman Hank Johnson says the CBC gained corporation from hundreds of companies and employers who want to recruit new workers. They will be at various job fairs including Atlanta, on August 18, 2011.  Congressman John Lewis says, the national job tour is in response to the alarming high unemployment rates in Black America. According to labor statistics the general unemployment rate is around 9.2%. It’s about 16% for blacks and more specifically, 40% for young black men. However many activists claim the true unemployment number for the African-American community is much more staggering. They say when you consider the many people who can not claim unemployment benefits; then the Black unemployment number is more like 30% for blacks and 50% for young black men.

The Congressional Black Caucus has launched Major Job Fairs, Town Hall Meetings.

First to link the unemployed with companies looking to hire and secondly to get your opinion about critical jobs legislation for this country.

Dates and Locations

August 8

Congresswoman Marcia Fudge, Host

Cleveland State University – Student Center

2121 Euclid Ave

Cleveland, OH 44115

August 16

Congressmen John Conyers and Hansen Clarke, Hosts

Wayne County Community College, Downtown Campus

1001 W. Fort St., Detroit, MI, 48211

August 18

Congressman John Lewis, Congresman Hank Johnson, Hosts

Atlanta Technical College

1560 Metropolitan Pkwy SW

Atlanta, GA 30310

August 22-23

Congresswoman Frederica Wilson, Host

James L. Knight Center, Downtown Miami

Mt. Calvary Baptist Church

1140 NW 62nd Street

Miami, FL 33150-4219

August 30-31

Congresswoman Maxine Waters, Host

Southwest College

What to bring to the event:

1. First, bring a great attitude. You have less than 4 seconds to make a first impression. Your attitude is the greatest influence on the impression you make.

Solid eye contact and a strong handshake are a must.

2.  Bring several copies of your resume on good quality paper. Make sure that you check for grammar and spelling errors. Show that you take the job fair as seriously as the recruiting companies.

3.  Depending on the job you’re after, you may wish to bring a portfolio with samples of your work. Bring your sense of flexibility along… there are likely to be many suitable vacancies.

4.  Finally, along with a positive attitude, the most important thing to bring is a point of view. That is, think from an employer’s point of view. Companies want to recruit the best staff to drive their companies forward. They’ll be pleased to meet with you to discuss opportunities; however you should be ready to sell yourself to them.

Participating Employers:

AES Management Corp


AJ Automotive Group


Atlanta Workforce Development Agency


Braxton Educational & Technical Cons.

Center for Families & Children


Cleveland Catholic Charities

Cleveland Municipal Court

Coca Cola

Corrections Corp of America

Cuyahoga Community College

Cuyahoga County

Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing

Delaware North Company Sport Service

Embassy Suites Hotel

Employment Connection

Fannie May Confections Brands, Inc

Farmers Insurance Group

Fifth Third Bank

First Merit

General Electric

General Motors



Greater Cleveland RTA

Greater Cleveland Veterans Business Resource Council

Green City Growers Cooperative

H&R Block


Jeanology Clothing Store

JPMorgan Chase



Lincoln College of Technology

Lincoln Electric

Louis Stokes VA Medical Center



Marathon Oil





NextEra Energy, Inc

Palladium Health Care



Pizza Hut

Plain Dealer Publishing Co

Planned Parenthood

Popeyes Chicken and Biscuits


Progressive Insurance

Rite Aid Corporation


Roush Industries

Shamrock Staffing




St. John Medical Center

St. Vincent Charity Medical Center


State Farm

SunTrust Bank


The Federal Metal Company

The Lube Stop, Inc

The Protective Group, Inc

Thermo Fisher Scientific

United Credit Education

United Rentals

United States Marine Corps


Urban League of Greater Cleveland

US Customs and Border Protection


US Coast Guard

Vector Technical Inc



Wayne County Airport Authority

Wells Fargo

WJBK Fox 2

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