Michigan Works forecasts strong spring for job seekers

Spring is in the air and there is reason for job seekers to be optimistic.

Northwest Michigan Works Business Liaison Michelle Socha tells 7&4 News she is starting to see an uptick in local companies, looking to hire.

â??In the last month, there is a lot of hiring that has been going onâ?¦especially full time, year round jobs,â?? Socha said.

In the last two weeks alone, Socha has helped place 11 people in different positions throughout her ten-county district.

She says the highest demand right now is in nursing and skilled labor.

â??There is a demand in manufacturing, engineering; Iâ??ve seen a need for quality engineering, manufacturing, auto techs, and certified techs,â?? Socha said. "But we are seeing a notable overall improvement over the last few years."

As an incentive to invest in the local workforce, Michigan Works is offering employers up to 50% reimbursement on money spent training new employees.

Of course, spring and summer also brings hundreds of seasonal jobs to the area.

Grand Traverse Resort and Spa held a Career Fair on Monday, from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

The Resort will have approximately 120 seasonal and year-round positions, both full-time and part-time.

â??We estimate that nearly 300 people attended our Career Fair last year, and we would love to see that number increase,â?? said General Manager Tim Norman. â??We hope to attract talented workers from Northern Michigan to fill positions that are available at our 900-acre Resort.â??

Interviews were conducted during the Career Fair.

The Resort encourages anyone still interested in a position at Grand Traverse Resort and Spa to apply online.

Interested persons may also hear a listing of the Resortâ??s available positions on the Resortâ??s Job Hotline at 231-534-6501.