September 10, 2013
Now hiring! Local opportunities abound
Looking for a job? Issaquah has become the land of opportunity!
When the Growth Management Act was adopted by the state more than 20 years ago, one goal was to encourage job growth near homes, with the aim of cutting down on traffic and new roads.
This fall, Issaquah’s growth at Grand Ridge Plaza, as well as new businesses spurred by a rebounding economy, have led to numerous new job positions being created.
Already the Seattle-area unemployment rate was a mere 5.8 percent, a full percentage point less than the state average. Many economists consider an unemployment rate between 5 percent and 6 percent to be full employment.
While many of the new jobs will be at minimum wage or slightly higher, there are opportunities here locally for management level or manager-training positions, too. With short commute times, low miles and no parking costs, the jobs may be even more appealing.
Marshalls, Home Goods, Dick’s Sporting Goods, RAM sports bar, Big Fish Grill, Safeway and many more are hiring.
While jobs for teens have been almost non-existent the past five years, opportunities were more plentiful this summer and should be strong going forward. Teens as young as 14 are allowed to work in Washington state.
Teens 14 and 15 years old can work up to three hours a day (16 hours per week) on school weeks. In the summer, they can work up to 40 hours per week.
Teens 16 and 17 years old can work four hours a day, not to exceed 20 hours per week. They can work as late as 10 p.m. on school nights, or until midnight on Friday and Saturday nights. On nonschool weeks, they are allowed to work up to eight hours a day, or 48 hours per week.
Employers are eager to hire close to home. They understand that local employees are happier without long commutes, and are more likely to take pride in their work and their community. That goes for teens and adults.
If you are thinking of getting back into the workforce — full time or part time — now may be the time to see what’s close at hand.