Need A Job? Starbucks, Other Big-Name Firms Step Up Hiring In SoCal

LOS ANGELES (CBS) — Will some of the biggest names in retail turn around the anemic jobs market in the Southland?

KNX 1070’s John Brooks reports a new survey on Thursday showed some of the nation’s most recognizable brands have stepped up hiring in the Los Angeles area. found as many as 38,000 job openings at Time Warner Cable, T-Mobile, and Starbucks and seven other major companies.

Starbucks has plans to hire over 13,000 workers in the coming weeks, and while some may turn their nose up at the prospect of working for the gourmet coffee chain, some said there are much worse options in this job market.

“I would start work at 4 a.m.,” said one former employee. “It was cool, it kept me busy and I made some friends from it.”

Despite the perks of early hours and all-you-can-drink java, there are some occupational hazards in working with steaming hot liquids, as one San Diego barista discovered when she was scalded by a patron after she gave him a free cup of hot water.

While the unemployment rate remains in double digits in Los Angeles, the increased number of job openings give those looking for work more industries and job types from which to choose, the survey said.

Jobless applications also fell last week in what some analysts said might be a sign that companies are ready to start hiring again.


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