State labor department’s 15th annual job fair to be televised statewide

The Georgia Department of Labor’s 15th annual televised job fair will be carried statewide on Georgia Public Broadcasting (GPB) Sunday, May 17, from 2-4 p.m.

The live broadcast, entitled Job Fair 2009 – Preparing For Recovery, will originate from Atlanta, Albany, and Macon. The broadcast will be simulcast over WALB-TV Channel 10 in Albany and WMAZ-TV Channel 13 in Macon.

The Macon- Middle Georgia Career Expo and Job Fair, cosponsored by the labor department and WMAZTV, will be featured throughout the statewide broadcast. The Expo and Job fair will be held from 1–5 p.m. at the Macon Centreplex.

Job Fair 2009 will provide extensive information about community resources available to assist the thousands of workers who’ve lost jobs from layoffs and business closings, as well as the labor department’s role in helping them find new jobs and careers. Teya Ryan, GPB president and executive director, said, “Every corner of Georgia has been affected by the employment challenges this year, so we are proud once again to partner with the Department of Labor for our television, radio and web communities. Our mission is to produce programs that educate and inform and we’re confident that Job Fair 2009 will provide Georgians with valuable tools to succeed in this challenging economic climate.”

The GDOL will have 160 experts available to answer questions from viewers across the state who may wish to call in during the job fair.

Viewers may also ask questions and receive immediate answers via the Internet.

Job Fair 2009 will be Webcast, which will allow people to watch via the Internet. To watch the Web cast, or ask questions, visit the labor department’s Web site at

Job Fair 2009 will be hosted from Atlanta by Carla Heath-Sands of WALB-TV, from Albany by Dawn Hobby and Ben Roberts of WALB-TV, and from Macon by Frank Malloy and Lorra Lynch of WMAZ-TV.

Two days prior to Job Fair 2009, on Friday, May 15, from 3-4 p.m., Commissioner Thurmond and staff from the labor department will participate in Jobs in Georgia: A Special Call-in over GPB Radio and simulcast over WCLK-FM 91.9 in Atlanta.

The program will be hosted by GPB Radio’s Rickey Bevington.

Listeners will be able to call during the program to ask about the current state of the job market and the wide variety of career resources provided by the labor department.

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