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ANSONIA — Naugatuck Valley residents looking for work are in luck. The city is hosting a job fair at Ansonia High School on June 30.

The event will take place from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and will feature approximately 55 employers, including retailers such as CVS and training programs for trades and the healthcare industry.

There will also be a variety of services to help job seekers, including help with resumes, portraits and workforce attire for job interviews courtesy of Dress for Success. The event is free.

State Representative Kara Rochelle said the job fair would help strengthen the region.

“Having a well-paying job and economic stability is so important to the well-being of our residents and to strengthening our community,” she said. “Whether someone is unemployed, underemployed or looking to transition into a new career, this job fair will connect job seekers with the support they need to get training, experience and more.”

The city struggled with unemployment. Connecticut has an unemployment rate of 3.8% while Ansonia has one of the highest unemployment rates in the state to 6.1% in April according to the state Department of Labor. Only Hartford has a higher unemployment rate at 6.9%. Derby’s unemployment rate is 5.1%.

Career Resources and The Workplace, which are placement and training services, will be present. Work place offers an apprenticeship program where adult and teenage applicants can be placed on a manufacturing or healthcare career track. Apprentices are paid as they learn a trade, so there is no cost.

Career Resources has job placement opportunities, especially for formerly incarcerated people trying to re-enter the workforce.

Career Resources is based in Bridgeport but has a satellite office in Ansonia. Scott Wilderman, President and CEO, said he was happy to help job seekers.

“We are delighted to partner with the Rochelle representative to provide excellent career opportunities for people residing in the Lower Valley region. We are excited by the many different employers who have signed up and hope that those looking for a new career or a better opportunity will attend this event,” said Wilderman.

Not only will attendees receive free head shots, clothing, and help getting back together, but they’ll also get food courtesy of Griffin Hospital. Participants can have a chance to win door prizes. Those without reliable transportation can take a ride with a shuttle bus providing transfers to and from Ansonia and Derby.

Shuttles will operate on a 45-minute loop starting at 1 p.m. with stops at Derby Green, Nolan Field, the corner of North Main Street and 4th Street in Ansonia and Beaver Brook Apartments on Beaver Street.

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