The Spark

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.” — Karl Marx

Few Jobs at Job Fairs

Mar 29, 2010

Disneyland and Knott’s Berry Farm, two of the biggest amusement parks in Southern California, have cancelled their job fairs this year. They already have far more applications than the number of summer jobs they offer.

Other parks too. Universal Studios received 1,100 applications for 200 positions – just on the first day it began to accept applications! At a Saturday job fair for Six Flags Magic Mountain, 1,642 people stood in line – in the rain.

And it wasn’t the usual teenage crowd either. It was older people with a whole variety of job skills and experience applying for these summer jobs, which pay barely above minimum wage.

Politicians and government officials say we are coming out of the recession. The long lines of workers seeking low-pay jobs say the opposite.