City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz says Saturday’s job fair for youth and young adults at Evanston Township High School was the most successful such event in the city’s history.

He says preliminary numbers show that 863 job seekers turned out, a 26 percent increase over last year.

More than 1,000 jobs were available and 41 private employers conducted interviews at the session.

Participation in the event was heaviest among young people from the 2nd Ward, followed by ones from the 5th, 8th and 9th wards.

The bulk of the jobseekers participating were between 15 and 18 years old

Bobkiewicz says the staff of the Parks Recreation and Community Services Department did “a great job” in organizing the event.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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