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Some say Lehigh Valley job market proves hopeful for unemployed

ALLENTOWN, Pa. - Layoffs can affect any neighborhood in the valley. But those who are in the business of helping others land jobs say there are plenty of opportunities out there.

"This was like a kick in the stomach, you know," said Esteban Tirado.

For Tirado and the other 459 Wells Fargo employees who just got the job ax, there may be an Advil for their unemployment pain.

"Have a rapid response team. Wells Fargo has already been in contact with us to let us know they were dislocating workers," said Nancy Dischinat of Workforce Board Lehigh Valley.

She says CareerLink is already leading those employees through the job landscape, which includes placement and retraining if needed.

It's something done whenever a company gives them a heads up on a large scale cutback.

"Is this a good market for somebody looking for a job? 69 News asked Lisa Engelhardt of Allentown's AARON Resources.

"Absolutely. I can get someone a job in a warehouse, light industrial or an executive secretary position," she said.

Engelhardt is also staffing medical filing jobs. She too offers job training.

Currently the unemployment rate is 5.2 percent in the valley. Both Engelhardt and Dischinat say that's a plus for job seekers.

Sands Bethlehem is one company having a hard time filling 200 jobs, so recruitment specialist Dawn Atkinson is targeting those Wells Fargo employees, like Tirado.

"A lot have the same skill set that made them successful at Wells Fargo. The customer service skills...that is the core set of our employees," she explained.

Both CareerLink and AARON Resources also find work for higher skill-set employees.

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