Thunder Valley Casino Resort in Lincoln recently announced its intent to hire hundreds of workers, but the openings were not prompted by expanded operations.
Instead, the resort is eager to find qualified employees as “finding people in this market is certainly a challenge, and we’re being particularly aggressive to let people know about jobs that include good benefits,” said Thunder Valley spokesman Doug Elmets.
Rick Reed, spokesman for the Sacramento personnel firm Pacific Staffing, said Thunder Valley’s efforts reflect the employment situation throughout the area.
“The Sacramento talent pool is real thin right now,” he said Thursday. “Specific skills have all been hired … and it’s a challenge finding even general entry-level jobs, people who want to work.”
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Pacific’s just-released survey of employers in the Sacramento region found that 72 percent plan to hire in this year’s third quarter. Pacific said employers are looking for “qualified applicants, including a wide variety of (information technology) positions, construction equipment operators and skilled trades, sales, customer service and adequate numbers of entry-level people. (Human resources) contacts also report retention of current workers and growing wage pressure from the thin talent pool as issues” in the third quarter.
The small talent pool is a byproduct of California’s currently small unemployment rate, which fell to a record-tying low of 4.7 percent in May, according to the state’s Employment Development Department.
EDD said Sacramento County’s preliminary, non-seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 4.2 percent in May, compared with 4.6 percent in April.
Even so, economists insist that California’s economy is slowing down. They point to decreasing availability of high-paying jobs in some sectors.
Sung Won Sohn, a professor of economics at California State University, Channel Islands, noted that California’s recently reported job gains have “trended downward as the state nears full employment. This is especially evident in technology and construction. (Information technology) firms in Silicon Valley are acquiring other companies to get employees. Carpenters and masons are hard to find in the construction industry. The labor shortages have hit the job engines of the state – the Bay Area and Southern California.”
Available positions at Thunder Valley run the gamut: accounting, bakers, cooks, bartenders, clerks, servers, housekeeping, information technology, security, poker dealer and table games dealer to name just a few.
“This is not just a one-time deal,” said Elmets. “This is a continuous effort to attract and retain employees who are looking for a fun and exciting place to work.”
Prospective benefits include paid time off after 90 days, health plans, leadership development training and a 401(k) package.
For a complete list of available Thunder Valley positions and to apply, go to thundervalleyresort.com/careers or visit the resort’s Employment Center at 1200 Athens Ave., in Lincoln. More information also can be obtained by calling the Employment Center at 916-408-8333.