Ski resort fills jobs

130 people found jobs with this week’s opening of the Mt. Ashland ski resort.

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Jackson County’s unemployment had a slight reprieve this week with the opening of the Mt. Ashland ski area.

Of the more than 400 people who came to the resort’s job fair, 130 found jobs. While many of the positions pay minimum wage, most people were happy just to be employed.

From the chairlifts to the retail shop to the repair shed, many of the people who were hired for the season were happy just to have a job. Jackson County’s unemployment rate stood at 12.4 percent at the end of November, and there were 4,630 fewer local jobs than there were a year ago.

“I’ve been unemployed for a little under a year,” said Michael Brodine of Ashland, a “liftie” (lift operator) on the beginner-level Sonnet chairlift. “Everybody up here is excited to be on payroll.”

Read the full story at the Mail Tribune.

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