The American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) will team up with the Georgia Department of Labor to host a job fair in DeKalb County for workers who are 50 and older.
The job and resource fair will be held March 20, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Lou Walker Senior Center, 2538 Panola Road, in Lithonia.
Labor officials and partner agencies working with the fair will provide tips on writing resumes, interview skills and other information needed to land a job.
Those who attend the fair also will be able to get information on healthcare, housing and social media.
Organizers say the job fair comes at a critical time.
Recent statistics show the unemployment rate in the Atlanta region rose to 7.2 percent in January, up from 6. 8 percent the previous month.
Tamika Conde’, project director for AARP’s employment services for seniors, said the increase in unemployment may be attributed to seasonal jobs ending. She said with the higher unemployment rates, seniors are challenged to find work as they join the crowded field of job seekers.
“Many of the baby boomers were caught in the layoffs when the recession hit. They found themselves unemployed, without benefits and struggling to make ends meet,” said Conde. “A lot of them are in their 50s and are not old enough to draw Social Security, while others need part-time jobs to go along with the Social Security.”
Conde’ said her AARP office also has seen a disturbing trend: A number of seniors who come seeking jobs are homeless.
“They’ve lost their homes and are sleeping in their cars. We’re seeing women who have lost their husbands and they are finding it difficult to make ends meet. That’s one of the reasons we are providing the other resources such as information on housing at the job fair,” Conde’ said.
Participants should bring several copies of their resumes and are asked to dress appropriately for interviews. Registration to attend must be made at: