Hundreds flock to Amazon jobs fair in Kent

Susmita Diyali from Tukwila answers questions in a tent, waiting with others to go inside Amazon’s fulfillment center in Kent to apply for a job Wednesday. (Ellen M. Banner/The Seattle Times)

By Ángel González
Seattle Times business reporter
Amazon.com is looking to hire some 50,000 good women and men to pick, stow and pack items in its U.S. warehouses.

About 1,200 of those mostly permanent jobs are in Washington state. So on Wednesday — a day that the e-commerce giant declared “Amazon Jobs Day” — job applicants lined up by the hundreds at the company’s gargantuan, robot-filled Kent warehouse with the hopes of landing a position in one of the Amazon facilities in the Puget Sound area.

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KENT: Amazon Jobs Day Wed August 2, 2017

Jonathan Vanian
Jul 26, 2017

Amazon is going on a hiring spree.

The online retail giant said Wednesday that it plans to hire 50,000 workers as part of a jobs fair it calls Amazon Jobs Day.

On August 2, Amazon (AMZN, -1.02%) said it would invite interested job candidates to ten of its various fulfillment centers across the U.S. From 8 a.m. to noon on that day, Amazon staff will show prospective employees tours of their warehousing facilities, perform interviews, and “make thousands of on-the-spot job offers to qualified candidates,” according to the announcement.

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Amazon vice president of worldwide operations and human resources John Olsen said in a statement that the jobs would offer “highly-competitive wages” and benefits.

“These are great opportunities with runway for advancement,” Olsen said. “In fact, of our entry level managers across Amazon’s U.S. fulfillment centers, nearly 15% started in hourly roles and were promoted into their current positions.”

Prospective job candidates can expect these fulfillment center roles to involve a lot of picking, packing, and shipping of the various goods Amazon distributes each day throughout the U.S.

Of the 50,000 open position, Amazon said over 10,000 will be part-time jobs.
Here’s a list of the cities Amazon will host its jobs fair: Baltimore, Md.; Chattanooga, Tenn.; Etna, Ohio.; Fall River, Mass.; Hebron, Ky.; Kenosha, Wis.; Kent, Wash.; Robbinsville, N.J.; Romeoville, Ill.; Whitestown, Ind.; Buffalo, N.Y. (part-time work only); Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Okla. (part-time work only).
Amazon’s big jobs push seems to follow up on an earlier announcement Amazon made in January when it said it plans to hire 100,000 full-time employees by the middle of 2018. Besides warehouse workers, Amazon also wants to hire software engineers, data scientists, and customer service workers.If Amazon were to hire 100,000 workers by 2018, it would employ over 280,000 U.S. employees.

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JULY 13: Diversity & Inclusion Industry Panel & Resource Event Apprenticeship Pathways to Construction & Manufacturing Careers

Diversity & Inclusion Industry Panel & Resource Event Apprenticeship Pathways to Construction & Manufacturing Careers

WHERE: NewHolly Gathering Hall – 7054 32nd Ave. South, Seattle, WA 98118

WHEN: Thursday, July 13, 2017; 5:30 – 8:00 PM

SPACE IS LIMITED!!

REGISTER ONLINE TODAY: http://www.diversityapprenticeships.eventbrite.com

Lots of Free Sandwiches will be served!

See attached event flyer in the following 6 languages:
~ English
~ Amharic
~ French
~ Somali
~ Spanish
~ Vietnamese

BLS REVIEW: EMPLOYMENT AND UNEMPLOYMENT AMONG YOUTH — SUMMER 2016

Employment and Unemployment Among Youth Summary
For release 10:00 a.m. (EDT) Wednesday, August 17, 2016 USDL-16-1687

Technical information: (202) 691-6378 * cpsinfo@bls.gov * http://www.bls.gov/cps
Media contact: (202) 691-5902 * PressOffice@bls.gov

EMPLOYMENT AND UNEMPLOYMENT AMONG YOUTH — SUMMER 2016

From April to July 2016, the number of employed youth 16 to 24 years old increased by
1.9 million to 20.5 million, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. This
year, 53.2 percent of young people were employed in July, little changed from a year
earlier. (The month of July typically is the summertime peak in youth employment.)
Unemployment among youth rose by 611,000 from April to July 2016, compared with an
increase of 654,000 for the same period in 2015. (Because this analysis focuses on the
seasonal changes in youth employment and unemployment that occur each spring and summer,
the data are not seasonally adjusted.)

Labor Force

The youth labor force–16- to 24-year-olds working or actively looking for work–grows
sharply between April and July each year. During these months, large numbers of high
school and college students search for or take summer jobs, and many graduates enter
the labor market to look for or begin permanent employment. This summer, the youth
labor force grew by 2.6 million, or 12.4 percent, to a total of 23.1 million in July.
(See table 1.)

The labor force participation rate for all youth was 60.1 percent in July, little
changed from a year earlier. (The labor force participation rate is the proportion
of the civilian noninstitutional population that is working or looking and available
for work.) (See table 2.) The summer labor force participation rate of youth has held
fairly steady since July 2010, after trending downward for the prior two decades. The
summer youth labor force participation rate peaked at 77.5 percent in July 1989.

The July 2016 labor force participation rate for 16- to 24-year-old men was 62.4
percent, higher than the rate for young women at 57.7 percent. The rates for men and
women were little changed from last July. Whites had the highest youth labor force
participation rate in July 2016 at 62.7 percent. The rate was 53.8 percent for Blacks,
43.1 percent for Asians, and 56.2 percent for Hispanics. The rate for Blacks declined
by 2.6 percentage points from last July, while the rates for Whites, Asians, and
Hispanics showed little or no change.

Employment

In July 2016, there were 20.5 million employed 16- to 24-year-olds, little changed
from the summer before. Between April and July 2016, the number of employed youth
rose by 1.9 million. The employment-population ratio for youth in July 2016–the
proportion of the 16- to 24-year-old civilian noninstitutional population with a
job–was 53.2 percent, little changed from the year before. (See tables 1 and 2.)

The July 2016 employment-population ratios for young men (54.9 percent), women (51.5
percent), Whites (56.5 percent), Blacks (42.7 percent), Asians (38.8 percent), and
Hispanics (49.8 percent) showed little or no change from last July.

In July 2016, the largest percentage of employed youth worked in the leisure and
hospitality industry (25 percent), which includes food services. An additional 18
percent of employed youth worked in the retail trade industry, and 13 percent worked
in education and health services. (See table 3.)

Unemployment

The youth unemployment rate (11.5 percent) and the number of unemployed youth (2.6
million) in July 2016 were little changed from a year earlier. Of those 2.6 million
unemployed 16- to 24-year-olds, 1.9 million were looking for full-time work in July
2016, down 222,000 from July 2015. (See tables 1 and 2.)

The July 2016 unemployment rates for young men (12.0 percent), women (10.8 percent),
Whites (9.9 percent), Blacks (20.6 percent), Asians (10.0 percent), and Hispanics
(11.3 percent) also showed little or no change from last July. (See table 2.)

EMPLOYMENT AND UNEMPLOYMENT AMONG YOUTH — SUMMER 2016

Port Jobs: Annie E. Casey Foundation Grants $6 Million!

Annie E. Casey Foundation Grants $6 Million!

Port Jobs has been awarded workforce pathway funding as part of the $6 million Annie E. Casey Foundation Generation Work Initiative.

The initiative’s focus is to identify effective ways to connect low-income young adults ages 18-29 with training opportunities and jobs within the maritime, construction and advanced manufacturing industries. The ultimate goal is to develop reproducable programs which help unemployed young people build careers and develop skills that employers need.

“These young adults are facing some of the greatest obstables to living wage careers,” says Heather Worthley, Executive Director of Port Jobs. “This is an exciting opportunity for Port Jobs to join SkillUp Washington partners in creating pathways connecting employers with the next generation of skilled workers.”

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SeaTac: Register for Airport University Classes!

Register for Airport University Classes!

Do you work at Sea-Tac Airport? Take college classes at the airport!

Airport University classes start April 3rd! Register today!

We partner with Highline College and South Seattle College to offer classes in Computer Skills, Customer Service, Security, and Workplace Safety. Classes are FREE for income-eligible students.
See flyer for REGISTRATION information and class details.

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Seattle Parks LGBTQ and Allies Teen/Youth Job Fair 2017: Saturday, April 1, 1:00 – 3:00 PM

LGBTQ and Allies Teen/Youth Job Fair 2017

WHEN: Saturday, April 1, 2017 – 1:00 pm @ 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

CONTACT:
Seattle Parks and Recreation
Event website

LGBTQ and Allies Teen/Youth Job Fair 2017

It’s the final countdown to the LGBTQ Teen/Youth Job Fair on Saturday April 1.

Over 24 employers and organizations with lots of jobs, stipend opportunities, and internships for youth ages 14 – 24, and performances by Ms. Ryannah Doll!

LGBTQ and Allies Teen/Youth Job Fair 2017

Saturday, April 1, 2017, from 1 – 3 p.m. FREE!

Miller Community Center, 330 19th Avenue E, Seattle.

Directly served by Metro 8, 12 & 43. Nearby service from Metro 10 & 48. Ample on-street parking.

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http://www.facebook.com/events/1162441810521414

http://www.Seattle.gov/Parks/LGBTQ

All youth of any age are encouraged to attend. There will be many opportunities for high school age (14-19) and young adults (19-24).

Participating employers and agencies include:

Associated Recreation Council :: Jobs
Camp Ten Trees :: Internships for Summer Camp
City Year :: Stipend Programs
Data2Insight :: Jobs and Stipend Programs
Goodwill Youth Employment Program :: Stipend Program and Internships
IBEW Local 46, Seattle’s electrical Union :: Jobs
ICHS International Community Health Services :: Jobs and Internships
Key Bank :: Jobs
Lambert House :: Stipend Program and Internships
Molly Moon’s Homemade Ice Cream :: Jobs
OUT There Adventures :: Summer Stipend Programs
PSKS – Peace for the Streets by Kids from the Streets
Reel Queer Youth :: Summer Stipend Programs
Seattle Parks Specialized Populations :: Jobs
Seattle Parks Youth Employment and Service Learning :: Summer Stipend Programs
Seattle Parks Athletics and Aquatics :: Summer Jobs
Seattle Police Recruiting Unit :: Jobs
Seattle Youth Employment Program :: Stipend Programs and Internships
Seattle Youth Garden Works :: Summer Stipend Programs
Student Conservation Association :: Jobs, Stipend Programs, and Internships
YearUP :: Stipend Programs
Washington Bus :: Summer Jobs and Stipend Programs
and more!

Supporting organizations include:

C 89.5 Radio
Capitol Hill Chamber of Commerce
PLFAG Seattle
Neighborcare Health’s 45th Street Youth Clinic
Out and Equal
Pride Foundation
Seattle Counseling IRUO and Project Neon
Seattle Office of Economic Development
Seattle Office of Labor Standards
Seattle Gay News
The GSBA Greater Seattle Business Association
The Seattle Lesbian
and more!
Attendees should come prepared to spend some time visiting the various booths and, if possible, bring copies of their resume or work and volunteer experience.

If you need help creating a resume, visit staff at one of our 5 teen community center computer labs that have drop-in hours after school to ask for help: https://rectechseattle.org/sites/

We hope to see you there!

The Youth Job Fair for LGBTQ and Allies is a collaborative effort led by the Youth Employment and Service Learning Unit of Seattle Parks and Recreation.

To participate in the fair or for more information contact Randy Wiger at Randy.Wiger@seattle.gov or 206-684-0775.

Event website

2017 Seattle Youth Employment Program (SYEP).

YOUTH EMPLOYMENT
Read more APPLICATION HERE

The Seattle Youth Employment Program (SYEP), in support of the Mayor’s Youth Employment Initiative, provides internship opportunities aimed at meeting the employment needs of underserved youth and young adults in our community. By promoting work readiness and strengthening career development, SYEP helps to prepare and support youth for real world jobs by providing them with the skills necessary to be competitive in the job market.

SYEP Internships
Read more APPLICATION HERE

Internships start July 5, 2017 and end August 15, 2017.

Enrollment
Applications open March 13, 2017 and close April 14, 2017.

Internships will be offered on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Eligibility
City of Seattle Resident
Ages 16 to 24

Demonstrated ability to be responsible, determined and committed
Meet HUD Income Guidelines

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Read more APPLICATION HERE

MARCH 9, 2017 – Community Resource Exchange

THURSDAY, MARCH 9, 2017

9 a.m. — 2 p.m.
CenturyLink, East Hall
The Community Resource Exchange took place on March 9, 2017 at CenturyLink, East Hall. People who are homeless got connected with essential hygiene items and services. Haircuts, housing help and mammograms—those barely scratch the surface of the impact this event has.

See why this event is called the “best day ever!”

US CENSUS HIRING EVENT: September 29, 2016

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Special Recruitment Onsite Testing Event!!! Please arrive 15 minutes early for the session and you must bring appropriate documents.

For list of acceptable documents, please visit: http://2010.census.gov/2010cesusjobs/application-material/approved-forms-of-identification.php

Thu., Sep. 29, 9am – 4:30pm
WorkSource Affiliate Downtown Seattle
2024 3rd Avenue, Seattle, WA 98121