Posted on November 19, 2012 at 5:54 PM
Friday, Oct 25 at 8:47 PM
ROCK HILL, S.C. -- A Rock Hill employment staffing company is hoping to place 100 people in new jobs before Christmas.
Placing them by December 21 would guarantee a paycheck, said Express Employment Professionals Owner Janice Giroux.
The company’s own “wish list” is something they do every year during the holidays. Previous efforts have included food drives.
So far, about 20 people have been placed in new jobs, Giroux said.
"I think I got 45 hours this week,” said William Taylor, who recently moved to York from Alabama. He has a son and is about to have a daughter.
Express Employment Professionals helped Taylor get a job at Krispy Krème, where he boxes donuts and cleans.
Those hours and that paycheck will come in handy for the holidays.
"It's a lot of stress taken off my shoulders, a lot less stressful," Taylor expressed.
"This year is tough; a lot of people are still out of work, and we're doing our best to help them find work,” Giroux said.
York County's unemployment rate is just under 10 percent.; there's a steady stream of people coming through the Express Employment Professionals door.
"We ask, 'what kind of work are you looking for,' and they say, 'any.'”
Giroux says there are clerical, accounting, administrative assistant, skilled and general labor jobs out there. Also, businesses needing stocking clerks, part pullers and assemblers.
One thing she's noticed is fewer companies asking for part-time holiday weekend sales jobs, because some businesses are choosing to fill those gaps with existing employees instead of hiring new.
"Not seeing as many this year,” Giroux said.
Marcus Moody applied for jobs there Monday afternoon.
"Just trying to make a better life,” he said.
His goal is get hired, work through the holidays and hope the job lasts.
"It will be a start for me knowing I'm doing the right thing,” Moody said.