SAN PABLO -- More than 300 job seekers flocked to a job fair at East Bay Works/San Pablo One-Stop on Wednesday night.
The event, called the West WIN Business, Jobs and Community Resource Fair, was organized by the West County Workforce Integration Network, San Pablo One-Stop and the Lao Family Community Development Inc.
"The turnout was really strong; it's clear that this was needed and that people in West County are looking for jobs and training," said Kathy Chao-Rothberg, a San Pablo councilwoman and the executive director of Lao Family Community Development Inc. "Turnout is really impressive considering we had a limited amount of time to promote."
Men and women streamed into the College Center next to the San Pablo Library at 2300 El Portal Drive at 4 p.m., passing through a gauntlet of private and public employers, educational institutions, training programs and mental health services nonprofits that set up booths.
Among the high-profile organizations on hand were Chevron Corp., Mechanics Bank, Wells Fargo Bank, AT&T, Robert Half Staffing Co. and Rubicon.
In all, about 25 organizations sent representatives to explain programs and accept applications.
Unemployment remains at 12.5 percent in Richmond and 15.6 percent in San Pablo, well above the state average of 8.9 percent, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.