'Tis the season to find part time work

FRESNO, California

Jesse Navarro has been unemployed for only a few hours but is already on the hunt for work. "I'm looking for anything, anything if it's working in the fields or at a warehouse," said Jesse Navarro.

Navarro was fired from his agriculture job this morning and the prospects of him landing another job in the same field are slim.

"I've been asking around and I've been talking to a lot of farming contractors. Things are starting to go downhill but I'm going to stay positive," said Navarro.

The latest job numbers has Fresno County with a 14.9 percent unemployment rate, the lowest it's been all year but it's expected to go up again.

"Traditionally, August, September is when you see the lowest points of the year for the area's unemployment rate but as we get into fall and winter, traditionally you're going to see a spike in unemployment rate because agriculture goes dormant and that plays a big factor in the hiring process here in Fresno," said Steven Gutierrez with the Employment Development Department.

So many farm workers and others are turning to seasonal jobs instead.

"We're always looking for great people, attitude more than anything else, great people," said China Peak owner Tim Cohee.

China Peak will hold its job fair this week for 300 ski resort positions. The resort wants to fill the positions when they open by Thanksgiving, weather permitting, and people start hitting the slopes.

"The job fair is critical, we're feeling very good about it though, we've had the most amount of inquiries ever. We've had the most amount of emails ever, we've had the most amount of applications out ever," said Cohee.

And although the jobs are only temporary, many people say they're lucky there are even any job opportunities out there.

China Peak will hold its job fair this Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Sierra Vista Mall in Clovis. They expect around 1,000 people to show up for both days.

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