Will The Fiscal Cliff Affect New Jobs?

By Kelly McCarthy

December 27, 2012 Updated Dec 28, 2012 at 11:33 AM EDT

Johnson City, NY (WBNG Binghamton) The busy holiday shopping season is wrapping up and now it's time for some to start looking for work.

The Greater Binghamton Chamber of Commerce hosted a career fair with more than 30 local companies.

It's not just another day at the Oakdale Mall for Isaac Stickler.

He came with resumes in hand and dressed to impress.

"I grew up in this area and if we don't have jobs, we're going to be leaving, take what we've developed and learned, and gone to school for here, and be leaving the area," said Isaac Stickler from Johnson City.

An annual career fair that's feeling the pressure from a national concern.

A decision to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff doesn't seem to be making any progress in congress.

"It's absolutely urging me to find work faster, I'm on unemployment right now and I know right now it's definitely the forefront of my mind," said Stickler.

Talks about falling off the fiscal cliff are on the minds of those here looking for a job, they say if a decision is not reached by the end of the year, they think companies might not be so willing to hire.

"Waiting to hear, right now they're all a little concerned how the economy is going to go, they don't want to fill up positions until they know there is a light at the end of the tunnel right now it's kind of dark," said Prem Swaminathan of Binghamton.

Making the already difficult process even harder for potential employees and for the dozens of companies with tables at the career fair.

"It certainly affects the businesses. I think a lot businesses are in the position now where it's difficult to plan, they don't know what the rules are going to be in 2013 for taxes and spending and everything like that, so it's tough to plan," said James Lewis, Chairman of the Greater Binghamton Chamber of Commerce.

But those looking for a new career path still know a good thing when they see it.

"If you find any likelihood of proceeding to the next level you certainly have to pursue it, it certainly doesn't end here this is the starting point," said Swaminathan.

"I know I've met quite a few people, made some good contacts and got a couple of interviews set up already so I'm pretty happy with it," said Stickler.

Hoping their first impression with employers will bring employment their way.

Unemployment rates in Binghamton have stayed the same over the past year, meaning employment opportunities in the Binghamton area aren't coming any easier.

But a lot of the companies at this year's Project Homecoming Career Fair say they came with job positions to fill.

They say it's important for the local businesses to give jobs to the people already in our area.

"I really like it when a candidate emails me or leaves me a message the very same day they spoke with me, it's good to be ambitious and to you know, keep trying," said AJ DeDio, Recruiter from Chobani.

The event is held at this time of the year to catch college students while they're home on break and people coming back into the area to visit family.

"We also get a lot of employers that collect a lot of resumes and we put together a big database of all the perspective employees that come in, so what we've heard over the years there is a lot of successes that come from it," said Lewis.