Few job hunters at Honolulu fair
HONOLULU - Organizers of a Honolulu job fair say more employers and fewer job hunters indicate an improved labor market.
Wednesday's Job Quest fair drew about 3,500 people, down from 5,900 last year. The number of recruiters increased to 150 from 135.
Hawaii Pacific Health was among those looking for workers. It operates several hospitals in the state and has openings for more than 200 health care workers, which could absorb some laid off from the recent closures of Hawaii Medical Center's two Oahu hospitals.
Hawaii Pacific Health's director of work force development said the company already had hired about 80 former Hawaii Medical Center employees.
Wal-Mart also had a big presence at the fair. The retail giant is hiring 300 employees for a new store set to open in Kapolei.