Job seekers and providers filled the main ballroom of Lompoc's Dick DeWees Community and Senior Center on Thursday afternoon for one of the largest job fairs the city has hosted.

The 2016 Lompoc Job and Resource Fair was put on by the Santa Barbara County Workforce Development Board in collaboration with the Lompoc Valley Chamber of Commerce and several other organizations. The event featured 65 exhibitors — which included employers, education providers and community organizations — and drew an estimated 400 to 450 job seekers.

In comparison, last year’s event drew 48 exhibitors and 350 job seekers.

“This is one of the biggest job fairs that we’ve done,” said Luis Servin, a youth program manager for the Workforce Development Board.

Servin said that several of the employers already had given him positive feedback even as the event was continuing. 

“A lot of employers are actually getting people already scheduled for interviews,” he said. “And several of them said that they found good people that they’ll probably be interviewing.”

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The Workforce Development Board hosts three job fairs annually in different regions of the county.

The next event will be held in collaboration with the California Employment Development Department on May 18 in Santa Maria. That event will be open to everyone but will have an emphasis on employment for veterans. It is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Radisson Hotel, 3455 Skyway Drive.

The South County job fair will be held in Santa Barbara in September.

This report was prepared by Willis Jacobson. He can be reached at wjacobson@leecentralcoastnews.com.

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