By Scott Shurtleff


DEVENS -- More than 200 job seekers marched on Devens this week in search of work and were greeted by nearly 100 employers at the semi-annual job fair at Devens Common.

Sponsored in large part by the Nashoba Valley Chamber of Commerce, with assistance from state Reps. Sheila Harrington and Jennifer Benson, the three-hour event Tuesday brought representatives from nearly 80 local companies in search of employees.

The most popular industries in need of workers are, "hospitality, healthcare and manufacturing," said Melissa Fetterhoff, CoC president and CEO. "Every year there is a different set of needs in the workforce."

Although most of the human resource representatives and employers were from local companies or area branches of huge corporations, there were some recruiters from the Massachusetts State Police and the federal Transportation Security Administration.

Also among the 80 tables spread about the grand hall were staffing agents that represent extended networks of even more companies. Many individual tables had lists of specific jobs spelled out including pay and benefits offered, making the experience almost like a marketplace.

"I've been unemployed for a few years," said Mike Sullivan of Littleton. Sullivan, who worked in finance, said, "my job was outsourced a few years ago. So I came here to see what my options are and what's available.