Colorado Jobs Available for Katrina Evacuees

September 2005

Another planeload of hurricane evacuees arrived at Buckley Field today. Colorado continues to roll out the welcome mat, with housing, food, supplies -- and now jobs. A job fair was held today at the former Lowry Air Force Base and many of the rescued already are ready to find work:

Inside the tent, Denver Public Schools was looking for bus drivers, Aurora Public Schools was looking for foodservice workers, Alpine Lumber Co. was seeking laborers and the Nomad Apartment building in Aurora sought two live-in maintenance workers. Posted on the side of the tent was a sign offering $10 per hour or more for skilled carpenters. A nearby Wal-Mart hired several evacuees who rode a bus to the store.

The Colorado Division of Labor also is helping the evacuees:

....the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment's Workforce Centers began trying to link evacuees with employers, who were asked to call in with the number of jobs they could offer. According to a new job-vacancy survey by the state Labor and Employment Department, there are thousands of jobs available in the metro area. The top five categories for vacancies were in health care, education training and library work, food preparation and service, retail sales and registered nursing, which is counted separately from health care, said department spokesman Bill Thoennes.

Even those not seeking or able to work are offered something:

At the dormitory, survivors were offered rides to a hair salon in the upscale Cherry Creek North shopping area, visits from Dumb Friends League workers who brought animals for companionship, rides to stores and shopping malls and other services. The Salvation Army was providing meals and helping coordinate religious services for several denominations.

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