Dutchess unemployment up, employers struggling to hire

Darius Miller isn’t picky.

The 21-year-old Poughkeepsie resident graduated from Poughkeepsie High School last year, but he held off on the job search due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Last month, Miller took the bus to the Poughkeepsie Galleria for a job fair. With roughly 20 employers present, ranging from Galleria businesses to major local employers and regional employment agencies, he was determined to find something.

“I’m not looking for any specific job, and I am willing to work any position,” he said. 

And positions are available for those qualified and looking for work. Amy Van Tassel, industrial staffing division manager with Ethan Allen Workforce Solutions, said the region has a job-seeker’s market. There is an abundance of positions, and businesses need to compete to attract staff.

Darius Miller of Poughkeepsie looks through the different employers at a job fair held at the Poughkeepsie Galleria on August 12, 2021.

“Everybody is desperate for people,” she said. “If you’re looking for work and think you have one or two of the qualities for the position you’re applying for, just apply because chances are you’re going to get a call.” 

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