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Summer Jobs: Less Positions and More Applicants

By: Cathleen Moxley Email
By: Cathleen Moxley Email

We previously reported how the high unemployment rate was concerning area high school students looking for summer jobs.

However, the struggle goes both ways, causing a dilemma for employers as well.

"My members go out and play golf; get their clubs dirty, and my high school workers get to come in and clean them off so they're ready for their next round of golf," Rodney Harris, the Marietta Country Club Golf Pro,said.

But a declining country club membership means fewer rounds of golf, and less help needed.

"I cant' afford to pay some kid to come in here when we have 15 people playing golf. I can take care of those guys," Harris said.

Club general manager Donnie Brown started out as a caddy when he was a student.

"The unemployment rate is much different than it was in the early nineties as far as kids go; high school kids, college kids," Brown said.

Brown says he'd love to give more young people the opportunity he had, but in a tough economy, the budget simply won't allow it.

"We will continue to hire those who worked for us in the past, but we won't be hiring more people," Brown said.

Brusters, an ice cream shop, is also planning to hire less summer help.

Brandon Seebers, the manager, says he has an extremely high stack of applications to go through.

With more applications coming in, but less jobs available, employers are having a difficult time trying to decide just who gets those summer jobs.

"When you've got like 150 applications, you check 500 references. It takes some time," Seebers said.

More time spent choosing employees, and less jobs to hand out.


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