Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) co-hosted Nevada’s Virtual Job Fair to help get people in the Silver State back to work. The Senator hosted the event with Congresswoman Susie Lee (D-Nev.-03), Washoe County Commissioner Alexis Hill, Clark County Commissioner Justin Jones, Nevada DETR’s JobConnect, and Workforce Connections’ One-Stop Career Centers to connect furloughed and unemployed Nevadans with more than 50 employers. Nevadans attending the job fair had the opportunity to meet and interview directly with employers in industries from health care to manufacturing so they can find meaningful work during the pandemic and beyond.
“My priority is restoring our economy and helping Nevadans get back to work. This virtual job fair will make a big difference to individuals who are out of work because of the COVID-19 pandemic, connecting Nevadans to employers who are looking to fill good-paying jobs in in-demand industries. There’s so much more to do to get our state and our lives back to normal, and I’ll continue working to make sure our economic recovery lifts up all Nevadans, in every community.”
Nevada’s Virtual Job Fair hosted over 50 companies seeking new employees in Nevada. These companies included Nevada State Bank, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Tesla, Panasonic, Nevada Copper, the Washoe County School District, Resorts World, Goodwill of Southern Nevada, Barclays and Opportunity Village.
The American Rescue Plan includes numerous provisions Senator Cortez Masto advocated for to help employers looking to hire new workers. This includes:
- An extension and expansion of the Employee Retention Tax Credit to allow more hardest-hit businesses to access the credit and keep their doors open, including Nevada’s hospitality and tourism businesses;
- An extension and expansion of additional tax credits to provide emergency paid sick and family leave to employees impacted by coronavirus;
- $10 billion to reauthorize the State Small Business Credit Initiative, which provides flexible, affordable capital to small businesses across the country.
Senator Cortez Masto is focused on supporting workers by introducing multiple pieces of legislation to create pathways to 21st-century, middle-class jobs, including the WORKER Act to promote education and training for workers in in-demand industries, and the Workforce PATHWAYS Act to create a public-private partnership that would help job seekers in Nevada and across the country find critical information about employment opportunities.