CASS TOWNSHIP, SCHUYLKILL COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — One reason America’s employers are having trouble filling jobs was starkly illustrated in a report Tuesday.
Americans are quitting in droves. But a local distribution center says that wasn’t the reason behind their hiring event Wednesday. In fact they say they’re growing.
“I got everything squared away and I’m coming back to work,” said Kendra Ruskuski, a Shamokin resident.
On Wednesday Wegmans held a hiring event at its distribution facility in Cass Township, Schuylkill County.
“We’re hiring for all shifts, first second and third shift, so you really don’t need any previous experience to start,” explained Tracy Patton, the operations manager.
The facility is looking to hire about 80 workers.
Meanwhile, millions of Americans are calling it quits! Stunning new government data shows that a record number of people are voluntarily quitting their jobs.
The US Labor Department Tuesday said 4.3 million people quit their job in August, the highest on records dating back to December 2000.
Wegmans says the reason for hiring Wednesday is to keep up with the company’s growth.
“So we are opening new stores in our service areas and so the goal of the hiring event is just to keep up with that growth for the warehouse personnel that we’re bringing on,” stated Patton.
But Patton says by mid-afternoon they had a good showing of applicants. That included Ruskuski who’s been out of work for a year.
“I had a lot of health issues go wrong and then I ended up having to leave my job for missing too much time,” explained Ruskuski.
Thankfully Ruskuski came out of her interview with good news for her and her family.
“I put my name everywhere I possibly can and I’m just happy and excited that I got ‘oh you’re hired, go do this, then on Monday orientation’ so that’s good news for me and my family,” said Ruskuski.
There are incentives to join Wegman’s team. $750 sign-on bonus for part-time and $1,500 bonus for full-time. Starting rates begin at $18 up to $20.55 an hour.
If you couldn’t make it out to the hiring event Wednesday, Wegman’s recommends that interested applicants fill out an online application in advance.