Worker job fair set for Friday in Pasco

About 600 resumes have been submitted by Hanford workers for a Friday job fair in Pasco.

CH2M Hill Plateau Remediation Co. has planned the job fair to help displaced workers as Hanford contractors and subcontractors prepare to lay off about 1,500 workers at the end of September.

The Hanford nuclear reservation received $1.96 billion in federal economic stimulus money over the past two and a half years, but most of that money will be spent by the end of September.

The layoffs will include a mix of long-time Hanford employees and employees recently hired with Recovery Act money. Some employees have been notified that their jobs are being cut, but others will not learn if they are being laid off until mid-September.

By midweek, 105 employers had signed up for booths at the job fair. Workshops also will be held on topics such as becoming a consultant, applying for unemployment, starting a business and applying for jobs online.

The fair is from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at TRAC.