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Senator Addabbo partners with Resorts World Casino for job fair

Nov. 21, 2023 By Anthony Medina

According to seasonally adjusted industry jobs data shared by the New York State Department of Labor for last month, the unemployment rate in New York state increased from 4.0% to 4.2%. Out of those industry jobs, the sectors that lost the most jobs were government, professional and business services, information, construction, financial activities, private education and health services, and other services.

To help alleviate the difficulty of finding a job in today’s financial economy, Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr., brought over 70 potential employers to Resorts World Casino, located at 110-00 Rockaway Blvd. in Jamaica, with a multi-faceted job fair on Friday, Nov. 17.

​​“I believe finding employment for individuals is a critical role elected officials have in serving their constituents,” Addabbo said. “I am pleased to once again partner with Resorts World and the Queens Chamber of Commerce to organize this annual Job Fair event to bring job opportunities to individuals seeking to work.”

This year’s job fair served a variety of folks from different educational and financial backgrounds who searched for full-time, part-time, and seasonal employment. For instance, Anika Pancho, a Baruch College graduate from the class of 2021, visited the job fair to better looking for employment opportunities after years of searching.

Addabbo mentioned how the job market continues to fluctuate for everyone, especially during the pandemic, but the goal of his office remains to serve his constituents.

“I can’t even compare it to years past because the in years pass the lines were around block,” Addabbo said, “… but we do this until there’s nobody on the line.”

The job fair at Resorts World Casino had tables side by side with private employers and city agencies waiting to receive new resumes. Photo by Anthony Medina

Job seekers steadily tricked into the fair, which was held on the sixth floor of the casino. Among the list of employers ready to answer questions from potential employees was the casino itself. Warlito Deleon, training manager at Resorts World Casino, said job opportunities are open to those even without knowledge of the gaming industry.

“The casino industry is unique because there aren’t a ton of casinos in the area. So we don’t hold it against someone that they don’t have casino experience because there’s not a ton of casinos here. Where would you get that experience if you’re not from Atlantic City.” Deleon said

Employers throughout the job fair said a willingness to learn was key to a potential employee’s success. For the service jobs helping persons with disabilities or even the elderly, job training helps applicants succeed in their roles.

Alternative jobs for those looking for part-time or seasonal roles were also present at the fair. City, state, and federal employers were also made available to those interested in joining agencies like the Drug Enforcement Agency, New York State Police, NYPD, or FDNY.

Addabbo also hosts job fairs for senior citizens looking to work after retirement or who want to supplement their income with another career. More information on Senator Addabbo’s events can be found online at nysenate.gov. Addabbo is also the chairman of the State Senate Committee on Racing, Gaming and Wagering.

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