AURORA | Citing increased living costs around metro Denver, Aurora Congressman Jason Crow is organizing a job fair for residents looking to make their next career jump.

The job fair will feature more than 60 employers for more than 10,000 job openings, according to Crow’s staff. Employers will include DaVita, Raytheon, the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office, the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus and several others.

“The idea for the job fair came about after listening to families in the district who increasingly saw a high cost of living, who have a hard time saving for retirement, and who are struggling to get ahead,” Crow told the Sentinel in a statement. 

The unemployment rate in Crow’s district is just under 4%, according to Census data. Neighboring CD1, which covers Denver, has an unemployment rate of about 3%. Even while on par with the national unemployment average, Crow said he’s hoping the job fair will serve as a way for people to move up in their careers.

“Our hope is to connect employers with people who are looking to make the move to the next stage in their career and create new opportunities for themselves and their families,” he said. “On top of that, I know from my experience on the Small Business Committee, that employers – particularly small businesses – are struggling to find qualified workers. A job fair brings both parties together in a way that can help both our local economy and Colorado families.”

The job fair will take place August 21 from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Community College of Aurora CentreTech Campus. Registering for the event is free. See this link for more details.

— KARA MASON, Staff Writer