Hundreds of job seekers lined up outside the California Department of Employment and Social Services (DESS) on Wednesday, June 13, lured by the promise of grabbing a seasonal job at a tomato canning facility in Woodland, the Woodland Daily Democrat reports.
According to the news source, the event drew huge crowds from a wide demographic that formed a line out the door and around the side of the building. Tanya Provencher, division manager of DESS, said the lines started forming at 11 p.m. Tuesday night. By 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, hundreds had shown up, and the line wound for blocks through the town.
The application and interview process lasted for three days. Last week, DESS held a similar event to find temporary workers to fill open forklift positions, however Provencher said the turnout was far less than the recent crowds.
"They say our job market is growing, and I think it is, but I don't think it's growing as fast as the rate we lost jobs over the last few years," Provencher said. "We've been seeing a lot more recruitment now than we did in 2009, when we started seeing the crash."
William Cole, a 23-year-old Woodland resident, said he has been out of work for nearly one year, and he was thrilled to have the opportunity to apply for the temporary job.
"[The job has] pretty good hours and pretty good pay," he said. "I'd do this for any job right now. It's hard to find employment, which everybody already knows."
The event was held to fill between 200 and 400 sorting and general labor positions. Jobs related to sanitation, quality control, spice mixing and forklift operation all have the potential to become permanent. The temporary position is for July through October, the media outlet stated.
This eagerness to snag a temporary job indicates that although employment is beginning to pick up around the country, many Americans are still struggling. Temporary employment, whether it leads to a full-time position or not, allows companies to test how well a potential employee fits in with the organization.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment in professional and business services, which includes temporary staffing, has grown by 1.4 million since a low in September 2009.