Created: 04/29/2014 5:39 PM
By: Stuart Dyson, KOB Eyewitness News 4
Albuquerque no longer leads the nation in lost jobs - but the metro area is still worse off than it was a year ago when it comes to employment.
At least we’re not in the bottom of the bucket the way we were during the winter. In the 12 months from March 2013 to March of this year the metro area lost 3,100 jobs. That means we’re doing better than Pittsburgh, Detroit and Atlantic City – they’re now the leaders in lost jobs.
A job fair at Sitel in Albuquerque attracted job-seekers by the dozens, and the company has dozens of new jobs to offer. 180 fulltime gigs, another 203 temporary positions, at least 10 supervisors. Okay, they’re call center jobs – but they’re JOBS! $9.25 an hour to start with bonuses and raises piling up fast and good benefits.
“Right now I’m looking for a steady job so I could help pay for college and everything,” said Andres Sena, who just got hired at Sitel. “I’m looking at going into a business major and I think Sitel would actually help me along my way.”
“I was a customer service representative at Walmart,” said Jennifer Lucero, who’s been out of work for four months. “I’m kind of looking to further my experience there so Sitel seemed to be a good direction to go with that.” Sitel hired her, too.
Albuquerque remains an island of lost jobs in the Southwest region, surrounded by other cities where jobs are growing – Amarillo, Austin, El Paso, Tucson, Phoenix., Las Vegas, Salt Lake City, Denver, Colorado Springs. Even Pueblo.
Are those Sitel jobs looking better? They’re still taking applications online and at their building off I-25 next to P.F. Chang’s.
The Albuquerque metro area’s unemployment rate was 7.6 percent in March, up a little from February’s 7.5 percent and 7.0 percent in March of last year.