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Hundreds Turn Out For Local Hiring Events

More than 500 people applied for jobs at either San Gorgonio Memorial Hospital or the Dollar General store.

Call it yet another sign of the tough economy we've become accustomed to throughout the last few years-- as hundreds of people showed up Wednesday to in Banning.

Banning, which currently has an unemployment rate of 13.5 percent according to state data, isn't too much worse off than Beaumont-- which has an unemployment rate of 13.4 percent.  Nearby Cabazon has the highest unemployment rate in the county, at 29 percent, according to the latest state figures available.

The first organization hosting a job fair was - which saw nearly 500 applicants walk through the doors, according to hospital spokeswoman Molly Ellis.

Many of those people were able to interview on the spot.

“I would say that today’s recruitment fair was a terrific success," Ellis told Banning-Beaumont Patch.  "We had hundreds of qualified applicants turn in their resumes, and we look forward to reviewing them closely. We are excited to add to our team here at SGMH and continue providing our community with excellent care.”

Over at the in Beaumont, the Dollar General hosted an event to fill positions for a new Banning location, which is slated for opening on June 25, according to the company.

The resort told Patch that approximately 80 people showed up for day one of that hiring event.  Day two was happening Thursday, and the store was looking for people to hire for their new Moreno Valley location.

nobodyuno May 31, 2012 at 08:04 PM
How many positions were available and what's the pay scale..
Renee Schiavone (Editor) May 31, 2012 at 10:35 PM
Steve-- the businesses didn't disclose the pay scale, and there were approx. 30 positions for the Dollar General. SGMH isn't looking to necessarily hire a bunch of people right away, but rather have people available to fill positions in each department as they become available, especially as construction nears completion. Hope that answers your question.

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