Outlook on jobs is good for area grads


ALBERT LEA, Minn. — The school year is winding down and that means more free time for area students. Some spend it with their friends or maybe at a camp. Others spend the summer working.

There are plenty of options out there for those looking for a little extra cash. Numbers are looking good for those who are finished with school and looking for a career too.

Summer means warmer weather and more free time for kids. It also means area employers need a little extra help.

“They have to maintain all of the lawns and weeding and that kind of thing but we hire aquatic staff, which is lifeguards, pool attendants and we also have park leaders in the summer, camp instructors,” said Jenny Davis, Recreation Program Supervisor for Albert Lea Parks and Recreation.

The city of Albert Lea is just one place hiring on extra help for the summer.

“For the aquatic staff especially we typically hire on as many lifeguards as we can get as long as they pass their certification and do well in the interview process,” Davis said.

It is looking like this summer employers will be adding more staff than recent years.

“Of course seasonally there are more jobs in the summer, but that is actually a good indicator and a good sign for students,” said Laura Lunde of Manpower.

If you are looking for a little extra cash in the coming months, there are some air conditioned options as well.

“Retail is an industry that relies heavily on people who are looking for that summer employment, looking to pick up an extra job maybe. A lot of the leisure and hospitality industries, that’s their prime time,” Lunde said.

There is a bright side for those looking for to start a career too. The National Association of Colleges and Employers says that businesses are looking to hire nearly eight percent more than last year.

“A lot of employers are looking to hire and there aren’t as many people searching for those jobs anymore. We’re really coming off of that downturn in the economy and actually increasing,” Lunde said.

If you are looking to get land that summer job, it is best to start looking now. Snagajob.com says 74 percent of employers expect to have those positions filled by the end of May.

There is more good news on the career front too. Starting salaries are set to rise nearly five percent.

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