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County invests $650K to grow bio-industrial manufacturing jobs

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The Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday spent the first of what potentially will be a $10 million investment in bringing bio-industry manufacturing operations to the region.

The five-member board voted unanimously to allocate $650,000 to support the formation and operations of BEAM Circular, an organization that will serve as the tip of the spear in an effort to reimagine and reinvigorate the local economy.

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More jobs announced as Turlock’s new Amazon fulfillment center opens. How much do they pay?

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The new Amazon fulfillment center in Turlock opened Thursday morning with big smiles and news of more jobs.

The massive 1.1 million-square-foot warehouse was built from the ground up at Fulkerth Road and Fransil Lane over the last year and a half.

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Turlock’s new Amazon facility pushes back opening. How to get its hiring notices first

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As work continues on the new Amazon fulfillment center coming to Turlock, the online retail giant has pushed back the facility’s opening.

Construction on the new million-square-foot warehouse continues as the e-commerce retailer has moved its planned opening from “mid-2022” to September 2022, according to company spokesperson Natalie Banke. Hiring for the expected 1,000 new jobs expected to staff the facility hasn’t started yet, but should in coming months.

Word about a possible Amazon fulfillment center coming to Turlock first began circulating in April 2021. By August of that year, with construction already underway, the online shopping behemoth finally confirmed the news and pending jobs coming to the Central Valley.

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McDonald’s Is Hosting a Drive-Up Hiring Day in SoCal — What Are the Perks of Working for the Fast Food Chain?

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McDonald’s aims to recruit a whole lot of workers through its Golden Arches by hosting another drive-up hiring event, this one in Southern California, where labor shortages are especially challenging.

The fast-food giant’s third Drive-Up Hiring Day event will be held on Tuesday, May 17, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., according to an announcement this week on the SoCal MCD website. Interested candidates can drive up to more than 200 Southern California McDonald’s locations and get an interview on the spot, with no prior scheduling or interview request required. Applicants can either stay in their vehicles or sit in the designated interview areas.

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Unemployment rate falls slightly in Stanislaus County

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The unemployment rate in Stanislaus County dropped during the month of July and continues to be below the year-ago estimate, according to the latest numbers from the Employment Development Department.

The unemployment rate in Stanislaus County in July was at 8.5 percent, down from a revised rate of 8.9 percent in June 2021. It also was below the year-ago estimate of 12.9 percent.

Several sectors posted job gains for the month, with Manufacturing reporting the largest gain. The sector added an estimated 1,800 jobs for the month, with the majority of those coming in food production. Food manufacturing is up by 10.2 percent from the previous year, according to the EDD data.

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California keeps adding low-wage jobs. Can it find a way to save its middle class?

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California is becoming less equal every day.

The state’s 100 richest residents had $815.5 billion in net worth as of September 2020, up 18% from 2019, according to Forbes.

Yet Rey Justo and his family of six in Sacramento were living between a Honda Pilot and his in-law’s living room.

The top 1% of Californians earned at least $659,000 in 2020.

But Omar Yacoubi was putting in a 12-hour workday driving for Uber in the Bay Area last year after he found himself without a stable gig as a software designer.

“Income inequality has risen sharply in California over the past two decades, increasing faster in the state than in the nation as a whole.” A researcher at the Public Policy Institute of California, Deborah Reed, said that more than two decades ago, in 1999.

In the intervening years, California spent billions to fight poverty. A tech boom led Californians to gain billions in wealth.

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Unemployment rate steady in county

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The unemployment rate in Stanislaus County increased by the slightest margin in July according to the latest report from the Employment Development Department.

Stanislaus County had an unemployment rate of 6.6 percent in July, up from a revised rate of 6.5 percent in June, the EDD reported. The July rate was below the year-ago estimate of 6.9 percent.

Five sectors in the county had neither job gains or losses, including the Farming sector. Four sectors posted job gains in July, with Manufacturing leading with an estimated 1,800 new jobs. Of those, 18.9 percent were in food processing, which typically sees gains as the harvest comes in and declines once the harvest is over.

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