Teens seen as answer to Valley's labor shortage

With a 30 percent shortage projected for agricultural labor, WorkSource Sunnyside officials are hoping that local teens can help fill the gap in that and other job sectors.

Rhonda Marquez of the WorkSource Sunnyside office says the agency is encouraging farmers to consider hiring local youths and is willing to help train the workers in safety measures.

Marquez says there are also other jobs in the community that local teens can perform.

In an attempt to connect teens to prospective employers, WorkSource will have a meeting this Wednesday, May 9, from 1 to 2:15 p.m. in the high school auditorium.

Marquez said representatives from Labor and Industries, Employment Security and local employers are invited to the meeting. She also said that students and their parents are both invited.

"Sometimes it helps for the parent to be present and determine if a summer job can be of benefit for their child," Marquez said.

For more information about this Wednesday's meeting, contact Marquez at 836-1102.


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