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It’s not only jobs that are MIA in this economy. So are companies attending job fairs.

That means firms that run the events also are struggling in another twist on the recession, reports AJC staffer Michael Kanell. They know they will be swamped by the unemployed and must hustle to find hiring companies, sometimes in vain.

“Over the last year and a half, it’s been the roughest I’ve ever seen in my industry,” said Jim Carter, owner of Kennesaw-based Diversity Hiring Expos, which runs career fairs around the Southeast. “The last six months have been pretty brutal.”

Like most companies that run job fairs, Diversity Hiring’s success depends on finding businesses that want to fill positions and will rent space where they can quickly meet hundreds of candidates, Kanell reports.

Three years ago, a Diversity Hiring job fair would typically include up to 40 companies. Now, employer turnout can be half that, Kanell writes.

Carter has seen companies delay payment and even bounce checks.

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