Job Front: Back-to-school season boosted retail jobs in July

Published: Monday, Aug. 19, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 2B
Last Modified: Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013 - 11:09 am

Local employers were looking to fill retail positions in July, posting online ads to cover the sales floor ahead of the back-to-school shopping season.

Help Wanted OnLine, the state Employment Development Department's monthly report on online job advertising released Friday, showed retail salespersons and first-line retail supervisors were among the top occupations for job ads in July.

Employers posted nearly 900 online ads for retail salespersons in July and another 600 more for retail supervisors, according to the report.

Both trailed registered nurses, the traditional leader in the category with 1,262 posts, but demand for the retail sales and supervisory positions moved ahead of ads for computer systems analyst – No. 3 in June's report.

Applications developers (551), computer systems analysts (547), Web developers (456) and computer user support specialists (435) all were among the top 10 for online employment ads in July, according to the state's EDD.

The region's health networks continue to push the most ads online. Sutter Health, with 955 ads, and Dignity Health, with 574 posts, held the top two spots, while Kaiser Permanente's 324 ads were good for the No. 4 spot. Chip maker Intel placed third with 367 online postings.

The remaining employers were a mix of health, technology and staffing agencies, including Randstad, Robert Half International and Volt Information Sciences Inc.

Nonetheless, unemployment in the four-county Sacramento region rose by a half-percent in July to 8.9 percent compared with June's 8.4 percent, the EDD reported.

The jobless rate was highest in Sacramento County, at 9.2 percent. Yolo County's unemployment rate was 8.7 percent, while El Dorado County's was 8.4 percent. Placer County had the region's lowest jobless rate at 7.8 percent, according to the EDD.

Employers to attend expo

More than 20 employers are expected at Sacramento's Career Expo Tuesday in downtown Sacramento.

The free event, sponsored by Job Journal, runs from noon to 4 p.m. at Masonic Temple, 1123 J St., and features private- and public-sector employers from across the Sacramento region.

Employers include SAFE Credit Union, Manpower and Verizon Wireless. Job seekers can receive free résumé reviews by local employment advisers.

For more information, visit, then select "Career Calendar."

Tri-County Job Fair

Job seekers can meet with dozens of local employers at a job fair Friday in Roseville.

The free Tri-County Job Fair, sponsored in part by the city of Roseville and Placer and El Dorado counties, is 9 a.m. to noon at Riley Library & Roseville Sports Center, 1501 Pleasant Grove Blvd.

Private- and public-sector employers including Amerigas, Beutler Corp., California Department of Technology, Kaiser Permanente, Thunder Valley Casino Resort and VSP Global are among those scheduled to attend.

Local workforce professionals will offer free résumé critiques, and the free event will also feature workshops on job search strategies and using LinkedIn to find employment opportunities.

For more information, visit

Job-hunting questions?

Terri Carpenter, spokeswoman with the Sacramento Employment and Training Agency, will answer your questions at

Call The Bee's Darrell Smith, (916) 321-1040.

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