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May 16, 2011 7:15 PM by Monica Quintero

"Where The Jobs Are" - retail and food industries

We know these are tough times so we went job hunting for you. We begin our special series Monday night, "Where the jobs are." KSBY News Reporter Monica Quintero went in search of retail and restaurants jobs in San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties. She has some leads on possible employers.

We all need money to survive but getting a paycheck is harder than ever these days due to the lack of work. Jonathan Jennings, Santa Maria resident, said, "It's just really aggravating." It's especially aggravating for Jennings since he and his girlfriend are soon expecting their first child. Amanda Gonsalves, Santa Maria resident, said, "I'm about to go on maternity here in a few months so it's kind of aggravating like he said."

Starting in Santa Maria, we found an indoor soccer arena opening at the mall. Kickers Sport Arena will be hiring around seven employees. It's slated to open in July. Hiring for those jobs will start in a month. Lompoc's Walmart expansion project is expected to create about 85 new jobs, if everything remains on schedule. It should be completed by the end of 2013 and hiring usually takes place two to three months before.

In Arroyo Grande, a new Petco will be moving in next to Trader Joe's. It will be hiring 15 to 20 employees. Petco says it's slated to open in late August and hires for those position one to two months in advance. Atascadero seems to be booming with construction. Another Subway will be opening in two months near El Camino Real creating 10 to 15 new jobs. Subway is taking applications now. Cold Stone is also opening in Atascadero in about a month. It's hiring between 10 to 15 employees. You can start applying right now for that as well.

Meanwhile, in San Luis Obispo construction on the new Target store is a lot closer to being done. Target says it will hire between 150 to 250 employees about two months before the grand opening on July 24th. Positions will include cashiers, sales floor associates, food workers and management. Jennings said, "It's really the only way you can find a job is if you have a heads up and you have a jump start on everybody else." Another Santa Maria resident, who's been looking for a job for the past year and a half, also agrees. Albert Cantu, Santa Maria resident, said, "Very important because I want to know what's out there and where I could find a job." He goes on to say, "Just don't give up hope and keep looking, that's all we can do."

Recently, McDonald's announce it hired almost 60 new employees in San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties and it plans to hire even more by the start of the summer. McDonald's has a nationwide initiative to hire up to 50,000 new employees at restaurants across the county.

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