Our area's unemployment rate may drop after Thursday's Rasmussen College Career and Networking Fair.
Dozens of area companies were on-hand at the Wausau campus to fill positions in a variety of industries.
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, January's unemployment rate was 9.7%.
That's 14.8 million Americans without a job.
So leaders at Rasmussen College, which is new to Central Wisconsin, took matters into their own hands.
Hundreds of eager job seekers showed up at the campus to turn in resumes and shake hands with potential new employers.
Companies like Home Depot, Associated Bank, and Edward Jones were there, looking to fill positions with qualified candidates.
"We're focused on high energy people that have some sales or business backgrounds. We're also looking for someone who's entrepreneurial, who's willing to start and build their own business," says Michael Haight, with Edward Jones.
After just an hour and a half, he says a handful of people fitting that description showed interest in the company.
Along with finding a new career, there were also volunteer and networking opportunities.
And Rasmussen College representatives had loads of information about registering for classes.
In addition to the 14.8 million unemployed Americans, there were 1.1 million people considered discouraged workers in January.
Those are people not looking for work, because they believe there are no jobs available for them.
The fair was part of a national event held at all 17 of Rasmussen College campuses across the country.