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Jobaline: Start-up helps hourly workers land jobs through text messaging


KIRKLAND, Wash. – A Kirkland-based tech start-up is revolutionizing the way hourly workers find jobs, and all that’s needed is a phone that can text.

As a former Microsoft manager, Jobaline founder and CEO Luis Salazar saw a serious problem plaguing hourly workers trying to connect with employers. This digital divide, he said, is not only hurting those needing work but it’s also costing employers’ time and money.

“Twenty percent of households in the U.S. don’t have access to the Internet,” Salazar said. “It’s worrisome that this industry doesn’t allow you to instantly search and create job applications via mobile devices.”

There are 75 million hourly workers in the United States, which accounts for 57 percent of the country’s total workforce, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. While access to a computer or the Internet isn’t always a possibility, Salazar said text messaging can be done from nearly every cell phone, and that’s where Jobaline can help.