There’s still no official word on the exact number of layoffs at the IBM plant in Essex Junction.
The deadline for the company to inform the state was this past weekend, and state officials believe that the company is cutting hundreds of jobs.
Meanwhile the labor department has organized a job fair today for displaced workers.
The department had hoped 80 employers with immediate openings would express an interest in attending the fair. Labor commissioner Annie Noonan says the interest has been even greater than anticipated.
“Most of the folks have said I’m hiring anywhere from half a dozen people to up to a hundred. We have an employer who’s a very large, well-known employer who said, I have 100 openings currently,” says Noonan.
Noonan says funding is also available to help train workers for new jobs.
The jobs fair is open to anyone looking for a job. It takes place today at the Sheraton Hotel and Conference Center in South Burlington.