South Carolina job fair cut for lack of jobs

The thousands in Horry County facing record unemployment will have one less opportunity to meet potential employers this year.

The Myrtle Beach Area Hospitality Association canceled its annual job expo, usually scheduled for this month, which normally attracts more than 2,500 job seekers and dozens of area employers offering work in a variety of fields, said Stephen Greene, president and CEO of the association.

The association decided in January not to have the expo after a survey of its members found that less than 30 percent planned to attend.

"What we didn't want to do is host a job expo and get the hopes up of thousands of job seekers and then not have jobs for them," Greene said.

Despite the cancellation, the survey also found that 70 percent of members planned to hire, many looking to fill positions before the summertourism season.

Although employers plan to hire, jobs are few compared with the number of applicants, so the association decided the job expo was not the best way to connect employers with those looking for work.

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