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Central Coast unemployment drops as number of jobs available increases

On Monday Volt Workforce Solutions hosted a job fair to fill 70 openings they have across the Central Coast.

Kyle Jones was one of the people that stopped by.

“I moved here from Idaho and [I’m] really just trying to make a little bit of money. Starting new is certainly harder than Idaho,” Jones said.

Area Manager for Volt Workforce Solutions Penny Lewis says they’ve had to change up their marketing in order to get people like Kyle through the door due to the drop in unemployment rates across the Central Coast.

“It makes our jobs tougher. People aren’t walking through the doors as often as they used to. We have to think outside the box. How are we going to recruit, how are we going to get these people to come to us and see these opportunities that we have?” Lewis said.

For Kyle Jones, he says he found their ad online. “Actually I heard about it on Craigslist and just briefly and wanted to shoot down and see if I could get a shot at getting a new job,” Jones said.

Online is just one of the many ways Volt is trying to get the word out about their open positions. Lewis says their strategies for Santa Barbara County and San Luis Obispo County have to differ from one another, despite the close proximity.

“We have different recruiting tools that we use in one that aren’t successful in the other and as close as they are. Our Paso Robles branch and our Santa Maria branch are relatively close, you would think that the recruitment practices but they aren’t,” Lewis said.

All of Volt’s marketing work may have paid off however, possibly finding a new job for Kyle Jones.

“It was really relaxed, they got me in and out.. I was the first one here so that might have helped but it went really well I think,” Jones said.

On Friday, October 28, Volt Workforce Solutions will be having another job fair at the Pismo Beach Hilton from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m, for those who are looking for jobs in the administrative, accounting and finance fields.

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