Bilingual job fair planned in Charlotte

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A job fair is planned in Charlotte later this week with companies seeking people only who speak more than one language.

The Charlotte Observer reported (http://bit.ly/1f2Wb8F) that the Bilingual Customer Service Career Fair is set Friday at the Latin American Coalition.

Companies taking part in the job fair include Verizon, Chipotle, Goodwill and the Charlotte Hornets.

Coalition officials say there is an increased demand for people who speak more than one language, especially for those who speak English and Spanish.

Recent U.S. Census Bureau information shows that the Hispanic population in Mecklenburg County increased nearly 15 percent between 2010 and 2014.

Hispanics now constitute nearly 13 percent of Mecklenburg County's population.

Charlotte leaders began looking for ways to maximize the immigrant population in 2013, creating the Immigrant Integration Task Force.

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Information from: The Charlotte Observer, http://www.charlotteobserver.com