Despite unemployment jobs are available

December 5, 2008 12:00:00 AM PST
In the Bay Area there are jobs available and many more are on the way.

That was the good news served at a breakfast meeting in Oakland Friday where Mayor Ron Dellums was the featured speaker.

700 movers and shakers attended the breakfast called "Building Oakland." Mayor Dellums says that's pretty much how it's going to happen for Oakland, as far as bringing jobs back to the area down the road.

But, there are people who will tell you if you are looking for a job you can find one right now.

Inside one Manpower office in Oakland you will find Melanie Wilkins, one of more than a half-million people just added to the list of unemployed. She'd been working as an account manager and she says she would like to keep doing something similar.

"Something along the same lines of management, customer service, something interacting with people, helping people," she said describing the type of job she'd like to find.

Manpower branch manager Bob Rivera thinks there is hope for Melanie. Despite the bad news he says there are jobs out there.

"The job growth we're seeing is still within the government sector, and also health care and biotech. We're still getting a lot of requests, even from distribution centers for consumer product bids we're also seeing some of that from small business services," he said.

On Thursday Rivera's Manpower branch was honored by the City of Oakland for helping people transition from one job to another. The man who gave him that award, Oakland Mayor Ron Dellums, is equally optimistic about jobs mainly because he hopes to have some input on the stimulus package the Obama administration puts together.

He hopes to kill two birds with one stone.

"If you invest heavily in infrastructure development you solve the problem of rapidly deteriorating infrastructure around the country. But, in doing so you generate a massive number of jobs," he said.

There will also be job growth in the government as they try to deal with the problems in the economy.


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