800 Jobs to Come to Las Cruces

POSTED: Wednesday, January 7, 2009 - 8:29pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, February 17, 2010 - 3:22pm

LAS CRUCES--- Normally the people who walk through the doors at the New Mexico Workforce Connection have been out of luck because of the economy throughout the state, but Wednesday came new hope their luck would change.

"The bills never stop they keep on coming," said 28-year-old Dizan Ventura, an out-of-work painter who's been coming to the NMWC for months now. "I've got kids and stuff, so i'm just trying to look for a job, anything and everything right now."

Yet news of the U.S. Census Bureau hiring 800 new workers in the county has given Ventura hope.

"We're going to need managers, we're going to need clerks and we're going to need supervisors," said Doug Robertson, the local Census project manager. He plans to hire all 800 people by March.

Salaries can range from $9.75 an hour to $51,000 a year. Two recruitment events will be held Thursday and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Comfort Inn and Suites, 1300 Alameda.

For job seekers and workers at the NMWC, the Census comes at just the right time.

"The unemployment rate here in Las Cruces is 4.9 percent and it might be higher,"said NMWC manager Robert Wagner. "So these 800 jobs are going to have an impact."

While these jobs are just temporary, Wagner hopes these jobs will get the unemployed through the recession.

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