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More than a dozen businesses looking for new employees at NuLu hiring event

Several organizations are looking to fill openings from servers and baristas to teachers and hospitality workers.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Around a dozen NuLu organizations are looking for new employees as businesses around the Louisville area and the country are finding it harder to hire.

The NuLu Business Association held a job fair Monday at the AC Hotel in NuLu with several businesses and nonprofits accepting walk-in interviews from people seeking jobs in the NuLu area.

"We've got nonprofits here, a little bit of everything, retail, restaurants, childcare, all of it you could ever need right here in NuLu," Katie Meinhart, the vice president of the NuLu Business Association, said.

The organizations are looking to fill several dozen openings from servers and baristas to teachers and hospitality workers.

"You name it. If you have the experience, we're willing to help coach you," Michelle Passi, the community marketing manager for Lodgic, said.

Meinhart also owns Six Sisters Boutique in NuLu, which was one of the businesses looking to hire. She said she and other business owners are emerging from the pandemic that forced many to temporarily close or cut staff and hours, and now find themselves in need of more employees.

"Personally for Six Sisters, we were able to retain all of our employees and now we're just getting busier than ever," she said. "It definitely arose out of necessity. The job fair kind of started because NuLu and the rest of the economy in Louisville is starting to pick back up and be busy and we are all just looking for help."

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, hiring this past April was much lower than in both March and February of this year, which could indicate more businesses are finding trouble hiring employees.

"It's been a challenge, but I think we're all very hopeful that it's going to become a lot better as hopefully this pandemic goes away," Passi said.

"We're just all getting busier and busier, and we're hiring more people, so I think there's more jobs in the workforce and employment to find," Meinhart said.

A full list of NuLu businesses and their openings can be found here.

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