As the fight to keep the Kings from heading north to Seattle grinds on, a veteran area employment watcher last week considered the implications for Sacramento should it lose its NBA franchise.
"The (Kings') kind of money and impact on the community are very large and necessary for this market area," said Kathy Masera, publisher of the Sacramento employment publication Job Journal. "You can't deny the fact that if we lose the Kings, we will lose jobs."
Sacramento's delegation, led by Mayor Kevin Johnson, made its pitch last week to National Basketball Association executives in New York.
The team's fate might be decided when the NBA's board of governors meets April 18-19 in New York, although Commissioner David Stern said it might take longer to assess the competing bids.
The anxiety over the Kings' fate is playing out amid more encouraging news for local job seekers and employers.
Recently released data from the state's Employment Development Department showed the Sacramento-area jobless rate falling to 9.6 percent in February, down from January's 10.3 percent and a sizable drop from the 11.2 percent recorded in February 2012.
Meanwhile, local employers say they expect to be in the mood to hire in the spring quarter.
A full 75 percent of employers that Sacramento personnel firm Pacific Staffing polled for its quarterly report on employment trends said they planned to hire in the second quarter, many to expand their workforces.
But even that positive news was tempered Friday by Labor Department reports showing payrolls grew by just 88,000 jobs nationwide in March. The national unemployment rate stood relatively unchanged at 7.6 percent.
As the region continues its recovery, Masera said, Sacramento can ill afford a blow to its momentum.
"We're just starting to breathe air out of this recession," Masera said. "My fear is (a Kings move) will create a whole new wave of negative impact."
Job Journal career fair
Job seekers can meet a number of area employers at a career fair Tuesday in downtown Sacramento.
Job Journal's Sacramento HIREvent runs from noon to 4 p.m. at the Masonic Temple building, 1123 J St. Employers slated to attend the free event include Blue Diamond Growers, Regional Transit and Thunder Valley Casino Resort.
Employment experts are also available to evaluate résumés.
For more information, call Job Journal's Job Search Information Line at (888) 843-5627 or visit jobjournal.com
START seeks rec aide
The Sacramento START, a city-run out-of-school program, is seeking a part-time recreation aide to teach nutrition and fitness to groups of elementary school students on weekdays.
Candidates can apply by submitting a completed application packet to the Sacramento START office, 5735 47th Ave., Sacramento, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The packet includes a résumé, a cover letter demonstrating interest in working with Sacramento START and qualifications; city of Sacramento and Sacramento START applications; and transcripts or copies of college coursework or the NCLB (No Child Left Behind) examination.
For more information, call Sacramento START at (916) 808-6197 or visit www.sacstart.org
Develop workplace skills
Learn how to build relationships in the workplace, set organizational goals and communicate more effectively with managers at a free workshop Saturday in Sacramento.
The 9 a.m. workshop at University of Phoenix's Sacramento Valley campus, 2860 Gateway Oaks Drive, features campus faculty and staff.
For more information, visit http://uopxeventssacramento.eventbrite.com/
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Call The Bee's Darrell Smith, (916) 321-1040.