Amy Woolf, a job service career counselor for the Department of Workforce Development, directs people on July 15 at a drive-thru job fair in Oshkosh. The department is hosting a series of more job fairs using the drive-thru format on Thursday. (Photo: Courtesy of Fox Valley Workforce Development Board)

The drive-thru will be the format for a series of job fairs that will be held Thursday throughout Wisconsin.

The Wisconsin Workforce Development Association will host the events from noon-4 p.m. at the following locations in northeastern and central Wisconsin:

  • Fond du Lac: St Vincent de Paul, 330 N. Peters Ave.
  • Green Bay: Riverside Ballroom Parking Lot, 1560 Main St.
  • Menasha: Menasha Job Center, 1802 Appleton Road.
  • Shawano: Shawano County Job Center, 607 E. Elizabeth St.
  • Sheboygan: Sheboygan County Job Center, 3620 Wilgus Ave.
  • Wausau: Marathon County Job Center, 364 Grand Ave.

This is the second time the Wisconsin Workforce Development Association will hold statewide drive-thru job fairs. The first were held in mid-July for job-seekers who’d been negatively affected by the pandemic.

When a job-seeker pulls up in the drive-thru, they are handed a packet of flyers and application instructions by workforce development agency staff.

About 3,900 job-seekers collected information on 687 companies statewide in July, said Bobbi Miller, a representative from the Fox Valley Workforce Development Board, which will be hosting job fairs in Menasha and Fond du Lac.

RELATED: Wisconsin plans drive-thru job fairs to reach those seeking work in pandemic | Streetwise

RELATED: Labor Day: Caregivers in the home are taking on more work, new obligations due to the pandemic

RELATED: Many offices still empty as employees continue to work remotely, employers remain cautious

“In July, the job-seekers were really happy about this format. They were really grateful for a way to jump-start their career searches. A lot of people were thrust into something they hadn’t seen coming,” Miller said.

Statewide, there will 21 drive-thru job fairs on Thursday. Menasha and Fond du Lac capped the number of employers who can submit application flyers at 75 employers each. They reached that threshold for both job fairs.

Wisconsin’s unemployment rate was at 7% in July, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics preliminary data.

“Our unemployment has dropped significantly, but it is still quite a bit higher than it was before the pandemic. We continue to believe that there would probably be some people that would benefit from having clarity about some of the positions that are still available,” Miller said.

Craig Coleman, a job developer for Forward Service Corporation who helps connect people with jobs, worked with the Green Bay drive-thru job fair in July. He said organizers planned on 400 vehicles coming, but they end up serving more than 550 vehicles. 

“The unemployment situation in Brown County is dire. It’s very serious,” Coleman said.

Coleman said the job fair may connect people to higher-paying jobs but possibly in a different industry.

“There’s no lack of employers,” Coleman said. “Employers are looking for good workers, lots of them. There’s no shortage of work. It may just mean changing what field you worked in previous to COVID.”

Employers interested in participating in the drive-thru job fair can contact the Wisconsin Workforce Development Association’s regional offices.

Contact Nusaiba Mizan at (920)-431-8310 or [email protected]. Follow her on Twitter at @nusaiblah.

Our subscribers make this coverage possible. Subscribe to a USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin site today with one of our special offers and support local journalism.

Read or Share this story: