Rebecca Jennings, Visalia YMCA PR Director

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Rebecca Jennings, Visalia YMCA PR Director - County's jobless rate drops more than 2...
County's jobless rate drops more than 2 percentage points By Mellnda Morales For the Advance-Register Advance-Register Advance-Register As the US. unemployment figure inches up, the jobless rate in Tulare County is on the decline. For May, the unemployment unemployment rate dropped to 13.2 percent from 15.3 percent percent last month. Farming industries showed increased employ ment for the second month in a row with the biggest gains in farm production. Gary Kunkel, assistant Tulare Tulare County ag commissioner, commissioner, said the increase in jobs is expected this time of year. Tree fruit really gets going going in May and what we're seeing now is just a continuation continuation of that process," he said. He said that demand typically increases in spring and early summer at the same time that harvesting of Valencia fruit is finishing. The number of jobs does go up quite a bit as the season goes into full swing, but he said he would expect the employment employment situation to remain level rather than continue to increase. Amusement and recreation recreation in May saw a double-digit double-digit double-digit increase of 14.3 percent in the number of jobs as summer summer and leisure activities go into full swing. ' Jason Mancil, manager of the Time Out Pizza and Fun Center waterslide park in Tulare, said the park hires additional workers for both the pizzeria and the park. "We've brought in 15 lifeguards lifeguards as well as extra peo ple for Time Out Pizza," he said. "It more than doubles my staff." The Visalia YMCA, which stages several day camps and overnight camps in the summer for youth, also needs dozens of extra workers to keep all the events going. "Camp Tulequoia and Skate Camp alone serve nearly 1,500 children and need lifeguards, camp counselors, counselors, cooks and dishwashers dishwashers for the entire summer," said Rebecca Jennings, public public relations director for the Visalia YMCA. Altogether, the YMCA will hire nearly 100 extra workers for the summer programs. In California, unemployment unemployment dipped to 4.5 percent from 4.7 percent

Clipped from Tulare Advance-Register11 Jun 2001, MonPage 1

Tulare Advance-Register (Tulare, California)11 Jun 2001, MonPage 1
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