About 80 former Island Air employees turned out this morning at a job and resource fair at Dillingham Shopping Plaza that was put on by the Oahu Workforce Development Board and the Department of Community Services American Job Center Hawaii.
Twenty employees representing various businesses were at the fair to recruit for about 250 openings. There also was a resources center there where representatives could answer questions about child care services, financial assistance, unemployment insurance, Med-QUEST, and attending community college. There also was general counseling available for people coping with unemployment.
Some of the Island Air employees said they are just now beginning to receive their first unemployment checks and that they are still in shock by the abrupt Nov. 10 shutdown of the state’s second-largest carrier. In total, 423 employees were laid off.