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City Launches New Local Jobs and Employment Resources to Support Local Job Seekers

March 5, 2021 7:33 AM

City Launches New Local Jobs and Employment Resources to Support Local Job Seekers

The City of Santa Monica is partnering with local businesses to provide new resources to Santa Monicans who are searching for employment and to assist with our local economic recovery. A new job listing is updated bi-weekly to elevate local employment opportunities and to encourage employers to hire local.   

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, more than 4,300 Santa Monica residents are unemployed as of December 2020. That number has eroded after seeing a high of nearly 9,000 last June, and the City is ready to utilize new tools to get those numbers even lower. Recent surveys of Santa Monica businesses found that 84% of businesses currently hiring prefer to hire locally, and the City wants to create as many opportunities as possible to help connect local employers with job seekers.  

“The City of Santa Monica is committed to supporting a strong and sustainable economic recovery for all in our community -- our youth, our families, and our businesses alike,” said Interim City Manager Lane Dilg. “By connecting our employers to our residents, we strengthen the community ties that will hold us up as we recover together.”

Hiring local supports a sustainable economy where money is reinvested back in the community.  $7 out of every $10 spent locally stays within Santa Monica, and the City is making a strong effort to ensure that buying locally and hiring locally are at the forefront of our economic recovery. 

This work is part of the City of Santa Monica’s Economic Recovery Task Force to accelerate local efforts to recover from COVID-19.  This builds on work over the last year to make sure job seekers are ready to work, including the Ready to Work Webinar where local employment agencies, community and educational partners share information about local employment and educational services.  A seven part Calling All Chefs Entrepreneur Workshop Series with local chefs was also organized to bring broader awareness to how local chefs started their careers including what it takes to start and grow a food business, overcome obstacles, and build a local business.  Local chefs from Thyme Café and Market, Earl’s Grille, La Cocina, Café Bolivar, Marmalade Café, Rustic Canyon Restaurants, and LJ’s Kitchen participated in the series.  

A full list of local employment preparation, job search, career training classes and programs, and tech trainings are also listed on the website.   

For the latest information on job resources, current openings, job training, or assistance, visit santamonica.gov/economicrecovery/jobresourcesTo add a local employment opportunity to our local job listings, email vap@santamonica.gov.

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