Summer Jobs Outlook: Better than last year
It's not quite summer, but it's that time of year people are already thinking about getting that summer job.Photo: Video by ktnv.com
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- It's not quite summer, but it's that time of year people are already thinking about getting that summer job. Experts say the outlook seems more positive than last summer.
Since last year at this time, more than 20,000 jobs have been added in the state of Nevada. Still, that leaves about 130,000 people still looking for work.
Mae Worthey, with Nevada's Department of Employment, Training, and Rehabilitation, says that employers are not laying off the way they had been. She says hoping this leads to more opportunities for job seekers in the months ahead.
As for what industries are showing job growth, Worthey says that all are improving. Even the construction industry, which had been hit hard in the Silver State. She says the biggest gains are being seen in the leisure and hospitality sector, which include casinos and hotels.
The latest numbers show the state's unemployment rate is at 9.6 percent. But the unemployment rate for young people is much higher. Worthey says that the jobless rate for Nevada residents between the ages of 16 and 24 years old is 17.7 percent. And those are the people who are looking for work.
Traditionally, summer is the time teenagers try to find work as they take a break from school. But in recent years, the economy has forced so many older adults and professionals to look for jobs that are usually reserved for teenagers. Worthey says it's not hopeless, though. She says some employers actually prefer to hire young people because they like the energy and enthusiasm they can bring to work.
That includes places like Jamba Juice. Betty Ota, the store training manager of a Las Vegas Jamba Juice, says all of the local locations are looking for workers at this time. She says the company likes to hire young people during the busy spring and summer months.
"They're eager to learn," she says.
Local pools are also busy searching for new hires. The City of Las Vegas is looking for up to 40 workers to staff its five pools this summer. You don't have to be a lifeguard to apply. They're even looking for cashiers to take money at the pools.
Clark County usually hires about 250 seasonal workers at its pools. Sharon Cornell, the recreation program supervisor for Clark County, says she still needs to hire dozens of workers. She stresses that anyone who wants to be a lifeguard at their pools needs to be certified by the Red Cross. But she's eager to fill all of her positions since many of the pools open on Memorial Day weekend.
To apply for a job at Clark County pools, you can turn in an application and apply in person at any of their recreation centers.