The Boone Area Chamber of Commerce presents its next Friday Forum: Jumping Back Into the Job Market, Friday, June 19th, from 10-11:15 AM via Zoom.

The event is free of charge and open to the public.

Watauga County's unemployment rate moved from 3.7% in March to 11.1% in April, with the majority of the losses coming at the hands of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Layoffs hit all sectors of the local economy, moving many from job holders to job seekers.

This forum will address how the COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way employers identify talent, how those seeking employment can best package themselves coming off a COVID-19-related separation, and will detail which industries have started hiring and which will take a wait-and-see approach to reloading staff.

You can register for the forum online at, or call for more information at 828-264-2225.