By Deon Guillory, WJBF GMA Weekend Anchor/Reporter - email
Augusta, GA -
New numbers show that summer job hiring will be up this year compared to last.
The job market is heating up just in time for the summer. Local numbers show hiring is reaching pre-recession levels, and experts say companies are ready to hire.
"A couple of my friends they, talking to them, I know they have already secured jobs," said Miciah Lee, who is not having the same luck, adding, "it went well at first. I talked to them and he said he would call me back. I never got a call back, so I just moved on to other places."
The high school junior has a couple of prospects, but nothing solid. New numbers, though, show his chances of landing a job are much better.
At Augusta Staffing, clients are looking to hire. "We've got less people getting fired. We've got more people getting hired. We've got more temporary staff being hired," said Isaac Kelly.
Numbers released Thursday by employment marketplace Snagajob show that nearly 3 out of 4 employers expect to have summer positions filled by the end of May, with the average employer looking to hire 25 staffers...78 percent will be new workers that are not returning from a prior season, like the holidays.
Kelly said, "holiday season uptick, or a productive or an increase in hiring for holiday season, usually tells us we'll have an increase with the summer hiring."
Kelly also points to new projects in town like the Army's Cyber Command at Fort Gordon opening up temp jobs, a good tell-tale sign that teens like Lee will snag that summer job.
Lee said, "I'd like to think that I could find a job, but I just have to remain realistic with it."
Kelly says now is the time to look for that summer job.