'People of Color Career Fair' Returns to Convention Center

October 09, 2017 11:26 PM

Omaar Balton smiled from ear-to-ear as he talked about his new job in human resources with the city of Minneapolis. 

Balton said he took a chance on a career fair – something he'd never done before. This particular fair was "The People of Color Career Fair" earlier this year in Minneapolis. 


"You really just have to do it -- step out of your comfort zone," Balton said. "I've never been to a career fair, that was my first time going to one. I didn't know what to expect. Ended up being one of the best decisions I've made."

RELATED: Thousands Show Up For 'People of Color Career Fair'

According to the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, the unemployment rate among African-American and Hispanic populations is 14.9 percent compared to just 2.9 percent among whites.

The fair returns to the Minneapolis Convention Center Tuesday.


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