LIVERMORE -- The opening of the Paragon Outlets mall in November is predicted to be not just a boon for holiday shoppers but for Tri-Valley employment, too.
The Baltimore-based company and the city of Livermore will host two job fairs at which 2,000 permanent employees are expected to be hired for retail positions at 120 stores. The outlets are also expected to hire an additional 1,500 employees for temporary and seasonal work, said Catherine Ralston, Livermore's economic development department manager.
The job fairs are from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sept. 11 and Oct. 23 at the Robert Livermore Community Center, 4444 East Ave. in Livermore. Job seekers ranging from retail clerks and associates to store managers will have the chance to interview with a number of employers that plan to open a store at the 543,000-square-foot center located south of Interstate 580 at the El Charro exit.
"Where we will see the impact is with retail, which was one of the hardest hit industries," said Ralston. "This will give an opportunity for those jobs to come back, and it will serve people coming out of college who can't get into their fields right away."
The addition of up to 3,500 jobs will not only help with the 6.2 percent unemployment in Livermore but also with Alameda County's 9.5 percent unemployment rate, according to the most recent figures from the California Employment Development Department.
Ralston said the city has been receiving phone calls from job seekers throughout the East Bay, including Fremont and Oakland.
To help job seekers, Livermore also hosted a workshop series on July 17 and was to host another Tuesday at which participant receive advice and tips on interview techniques, customer service, resume writing and how to fill out an application. More than 200 people attended the July 17 workshop and numbers for the Tuesday event were not available by deadline. The city is expecting up to 2,000 at the Sept. 11 job fair.
In addition to the job creation, the outlets are expected to pump about $2 million in additional sales tax revenues to the city's coffers and serve as an added bonus for the region to promote itself as a tourist destination, said Mayor John Marchand.
"This is over 2,000 jobs in the midst of the worst recession of the postwar era," Marchand said. "It is exciting not just for Livermore but for the region."
The city, and a number of regional groups, including the Livermore Valley Winegrowers Association, Tri-Valley Convention and Visitors Bureau, Livermore Chamber of Commerce and the downtown association partnered to promote and plan events centered around the mall, the wineries and Livermore's rebuilt downtown, said Marchand.
"We expect additional revenue going to restaurants and some shoppers making (Livermore) a weekend getaway," Ralston said. "The $2 million just represents the sales tax number generated by the stores, so the mall's impact is much greater because of the residual effect."
For more information on the job fair visit www.cityoflivermore.net or call 925-960-4143.
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