Ramon Serrano dressed up on Saturday to make an impression. For Serrano, landing this seasonal position with the Visalia Rawhide is crucial. He was laid off from a non-profit because of budget cuts nearly a year ago and has two young children to support. "It is hard. It really is a struggle and you get beat up and you try and pull yourself back up and it's kind of what I am doing here right now, I am trying to pick myself back up," said Serrano.
According to the state's Employment Development Department, Tulare County's unemployment rate is 16.2%.
Cody Gray with Visalia Rawhide says the minor league baseball team is looking to hire cashiers, ushers and food prep workers. The pay is $8 an hour. Gray says those chosen will work about 70 home games. The season runs April through August. "We ask people to mark off the two jobs they prefer to work in and the majority of people, they don't care. They'll mark off all the boxes; they don't care what job it is, they just need something," said Gray.