Investment losses in recent years and higher prescription drug prices are forcing many seniors to continue employment or return to work. That’s according to Laurel Alkire, the executive director for Senior Services of Wichita.
“We saw last year about 800 applicants come through looking for work," she says.
"I believe we placed about 560 of those, so our placement rate is pretty high."
The 31st annual Senior Employment Job Fair for workers 55 and older will be on March 19. The application deadline to attend is March 15.
Attendees are screened by Senior Services before the event at the Downtown Senior Center and given help updating resumes or preparing for interviews.
Employers set up booths to explain their open positions and they also bring along some employment applications.
Alkire says the jobs range from temporary to full-time.
Applicants can pre-register by phone at 267-1771 or in person at the Downtown Senior Center, located at 200 South Walnut.
There is more information at their website.