GRAND RAPIDS, Mich (WOOD) - The economic news is bleak in our area as the number of peopleout of a job continues to rise.
New numbers show our state's unemployment rate soared lastmonth, one full percentage point, placing us in double digitterritory at 10.6 percent. That is the highest rate since 1984.
But there is a bright spot as many jobs need to be filledright here in West Michigan, including 1,500 before the FireKeepersCasino can open this summer near Battle Creek. It is still beingbuilt off I-94 at 11 Mile Road.
According to Donna Halinski, media contact for FireKeepers, thecasino had processed 4,200 applications for jobs by 4:30 p.m.Thursday.
With 2,500 slot machines, 90 gaming tables, a 20-table pokerroom, a 70-seat restaurant, 300-seat buffet, sports bar, cabaretlounge and more, they are going to need a few good people to keepthings ticking.
Hundreds of people lined up nearly a year ago for a chanceto land a job helping to build the facility.
FireKeepers representatives were at Michigan Works officesThursday to launch their job recruitment drive.
All Michigan Works offices are accepting applications butjust a few will have FireKeepers representatives on hand to answerquestions. Those offices include Grand Rapids, Battle Creek,Kalamazoo and Jackson.
Representatives will be looking for dealers, slot personnel,housekeeping, cashiers, accounting, marketing, surveillance,security, cocktail servers, waiters and waitresses to name a few.
The Michigan Works office opens at 8 a.m.
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