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Applicants at last year's job fair.

As many as 2,000 applicants are expected to come out to a job fair this week at the Queens Center mall, where about 40 employers — including Starbucks, Madison Square Garden and the NYPD — will be in attendance.

The employers will be interviewing applicants and accepting resumes on Thursday, July 9, between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. at the fair, which is sponsored by the Elmhurst shopping center, state Senator Jose Peralta and Woodside on the Move.

“While the economy is slowly improving and the unemployment rate is declining, New York families continue to struggle to make ends meet,” Peralta said. “I am hopeful this job fair will help unemployed individuals be able to provide for their families. Every potential job opportunity presented could mean a paycheck for our hard-working neighbors.”

Some of the employers participating at the fair include Coca-Cola Refreshments, Starbucks, Regal Cinemas, Skechers, Madison Square Garden, Express, USTA Tennis Center, NYPD and FDNY. Several service providers, including New York Cares, Elmcor Career Pathways and The Fortune Society, will also be in attendance to offer career advice and help with resume preparation.

According to Peralta, recent statistics from the New York State Department of Labor show that unemployment is slightly down from last year. As of May 2015 in Queens, the rate was 5.2 percent, compared to 6.4 percent in May of last year. But there are still thousands in the borough that are searching for work.

“Currently, there are more than 61,000 job-seekers in Queens, so this job fair is an opportunity for them to find a job,” Peralta said. “I encourage all of those seeking a job to drop by the job fair at the Queens Center with plenty of copies of their resumes.”

As many as 2,000 job applicants could come to Thursday’s job fair, John Scaturro, senior manager for marketing for Queens Center said.

“Queens Center is honored to work with Senator Peralta to bring this job fair to the community. We believe it is important for the mall to engage in activities like these that support our neighbors,” Scaturro added. “By bringing together community businesses and mall retailers seeking qualified employees with local job seekers we see this job fair as a win-win for everyone.”

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