PATERSON, NJ- With a local unemployment rate nearly double that of the State of New Jersey as a whole, efforts to bring jobs to Paterson residents is at the top of the list of priorities for any decision maker seeking to improve the city’s economic standing.

This was the message Paterson Firefighter Herman Irving delivered to TAPinto Paterson in announcing a large job fair hosted by Chief Brian McDermott and the Paterson Fire Department in coordination with the Workforce Development Board of Passaic County on Wednesday.

The event, featuring approximately 30 employers, both public and private, including the Paterson Fire Department, the Paterson Police Department, New Jersey Transit, AT&T, and St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center, will be held at the Paterson Fire Headquarters, 300 McBride Avenue, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

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“Our jobs are about more than fighting fires,” stated Irving when asked why he and his colleagues took on the task of helping to organize the large scale job fair. “By helping Paterson residents become economically self sufficient we are making our city stronger and safer.”


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