Stephen P. Duprey walked up and down the rows of tables at the Oddfellows Hall in Ogdensburg looking for a job.
The occasion on Wednesday was State Sen. Patricia A. Ritchies third annual St. Lawrence County Job Fair. The tables were occupied by representatives of 56 local businesses who were or might be hiring.
Mr. Duprey, 50 and from Ogdensburg, has been out of work since March 2010, would like to be hired soon.
Im looking for carpentry, general maintenance, he said, scanning the cavernous, crowded room. And theres not a lot there now.
At the Lowes table, human resources manager Brittany M. Adams begged to differ.
Lowes, she said, has plenty of sales, cashier and management positions to fill at its north country stores.
We are immediate hiring, Ms. Adams said. We are looking for people right now.
So is the Ogdensburg electronics firm Ansen Corporation, where entry level assembly positions are frequently available. In the last year and a half, according to human resources director Timothy W. Perry, 120 of the plants 180 workers have been hired.
Our funnel is always full, he said.
That prospect might appeal to 22-year-old Randy J. Tynon of Ogdensburg. He came to the job fair with a general equivalency diploma and a plain willingness to work.
Im looking for any job, Mr. Tynon said. But Id prefer automotive.
Penski Inc. Staffing President Robert J. Penski said his job placement deals with the whole gamut of job searchers - high school and college graduates, unemployeds, skilled and unskilled, management veterans - looking for work.
The jobs, he said, are out there and the outlook is improving.
All is not lost, Mr. Penski said. Its coming back up. Nearly 200 people attended the job fair.
The feedback has been very positive, said Mrs. Ritchie, R-Town of Oswegatchie.