YMCA looking to fill summer jobs

Published: Apr. 10, 2016 at 10:48 PM MST|Updated: Apr. 11, 2016 at 5:43 PM MST
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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - The YMCA of Southern Arizona is looking to fill dozens of summer positions as quickly as possible.

"Generally we're scrambling at the beginning of the summer to find more employees. So anybody that we can get as soon as we can, that's really helpful for us," said Kate Saavedra, aquatics director with the YMCA.

Saavedra said they always have many openings at the various YMCA locations as well as for their camps, but they are in need of more people this year.

"It's really busy at the Y during the summer time so we need staff to watch all of the kids who come. We need more this year than in years past because of one of our programs 'All Kids Swim.' We're hosting it at a few different pools around town in addition to YMCA locations and so we need a lot of lifeguards and swim instructors," Saavedra said.

In July 2015, about 20.3 million youth between the ages of 16 to 24 were employed, according to a report by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. There was a 2.1 million increase between April and July 2015. The report states July is typically the peak for youth jobs during the summer.

During that month, 27 percent of employed youth worked in the leisure and hospitality industry, 20 percent in the retail trade industry, while 11 percent worked in education and health services.

This number of employed youth in the summer has remained steady since 2010, after a downward trend for many years, according to the report.

You can find more information about YMCA openings HERE.

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