On Oct. 5, Grove City residents looking for a job can trade their online job searches for some face-to-face interaction with potential employers.

On Oct. 5, Grove City residents looking for a job can trade their online job searches for some face-to-face interaction with potential employers.

The Grove City Area Chamber of Commerce, together with the city, will hold a free job fair from 3 to 7 p.m. on Oct. 5 at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 3320 Columbus St.

“I’m just very concerned about employment in the area,” chamber director Bill Diehl said, citing the high unemployment in central Ohio. “We need to do something about it as best as we can.”

At least 25 businesses affiliated with the chamber have confirmed they will attend, Diehl said. Because of facility constraints, a maximum of 50 businesses can attend.

Two advisers from the South-Western Career Academy will attend to provide resumé-writing information and employability tips.

“Any business in the Grove City area, we would love to have here,” Diehl said.

Businesses can call the chamber to register.

Diehl emailed nearly 600 chamber members asking for participation. He said the response was immediate. Many medium-sized businesses responded, as well as a couple of employment agencies.

Diehl said he hopes the event will benefit job-seekers in the community.

“These are very tough economic times,” Mayor Richard “Ike” Stage said. “The participants are great corporate citizens.”

City officials know many people are looking for jobs, said community and business relations officer Don Walters. The job fair is “such a logical way” for the city to help both businesses and citizens, he said.

If businesses and employees benefit from the job fair, it’s likely another will be held in the future, he said.

Officials see the city’s role as an advocate for businesses and residents. The city also would benefit from a potential increase in payroll taxes.

“It’s just a win for everybody,” Walters said.

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