KC summer job market looking strong

Posted at 2:36 PM, May 17, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-17 19:27:02-04

Topgolf in Overland Park is looking to hire nearly 100 additional employees for the summer.

It's one of the many reasons college and high school kids in the Kansas City metro shouldn't have much trouble finding a summer job.

"We're looking for bay hosts, bartenders, support, food runners, cooks. We're looking for pretty much anybody to fill our facility for the summer that is to come," said Cody Lovetere, Training Manager at Topgolf.

Topgolf held a recruitment event Tuesday morning and will hold another on Wednesday morning.

It's not alone.

Places like Worlds of Fun, Schlitterbahn and various retailers also bring on hundreds of summer employees.

"We're seeing more people employed in the metro than we did at this time last year, so there's actually a pretty good outlook," said Trent Howerton, executive director at the non-profit Workforce Partnership.

This time last year the KC metro's unemployment rate stood at 5.2 percent. Right now it's at 4.2 percent.

That should mean less competition for kids looking for work.

"We went through a period where there were a lot of individuals who had been out of work for a long time, and so what ended up happening is they took a lot of those jobs that had traditionally went toward youth in the summer time," said Howerton.

For a list of KC metro businesses looking to hire this summer, click here.



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