Aerotek to hire 175 at Saturday events

Volkswagen Chattanooga employment contractor Aerotek is planning hiring events the next two Saturdays to fill nearly 175 job openings at the plant.

Aerotek will hold the events this Saturday and on Sept. 19 from 9 a.m. to noon at its Chattanooga office at 1206 Pointe Centre Dr., No. 100. The jobs were originally announced in late July.

Candidates can apply and interview in person at the socially distanced event. Personal protective equipment is to be worn and safety precautions followed based on local guidelines.

Aerotek is seeking employees with experience in production, manufacturing, machine operation, warehouse or logistics to fill open positions. The jobs are for a contract period and will run up to 24 months. Hourly pay ranges begin at $15.50 and increase to $17 after six months' time, according to Aerotek.

"With the challenging job environment the past few months, we are excited to be hiring for Volkswagen now that the facility has reopened," said Jen Blackburn, strategic account executive at Aerotek.

Earlier this month, Volkswagen unveiled plans to directly hire about 150 more production employees by year's end as it meets demand for assembly of its existing vehicles and readies for building an electric SUV.


MAPCO stores aid St. Jude's hospital

MAPCO, the convenience store chain with more than 340 stores throughout the Southeast, has begun a mask sale donation campaign to benefit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

The company plans to raise $100,000 from in-store facemask sales across its seven-state footprint.

"Being active members of the community is part of our mission, so making high-quality masks available at a convenient price and helping St. Jude during Childhood Cancer Awareness Month is a perfect match for MAPCO," said Frederic Chaveyriat, CEO of MAPCO. "While we're focused on preventing the spread of COVID-19, we need to say thank you to all of our customers and team members for the confidence that they have given to MAPCO that make possible to us continue supporting the community, especially to St. Jude's mission to fund critical research, aid families, and ultimately save children's lives."

All face masks available in-store will qualify for the 25% donation. MAPCO guests will also be able to support St. Jude and other charity organizations by donating to in-store coin boxes or by going to MAPCO's website.


UPS hires 100,000 for seasonal rush

UPS plans to hire more than 100,000 seasonal workers in expectation of a record-setting holiday shipping season.

The holidays are expected to bring an even bigger surge in volume than normal as more consumers have shifted to online shopping due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The company says about 35% of its past seasonal hires were offered permanent jobs.

Last year, Sandy Springs-based UPS also hired about 100,000 seasonal workers for the peak holiday shipping season.

"At a time when millions of Americans are looking for work, these jobs are an opportunity to start a new career with UPS," said UPS chief human resources officer Charlene Thomas in a written statement.

The seasonal openings include full-time and part-time positions for package handlers, drivers, driver-helpers and personal vehicle drivers across the country.

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UPS also has a program allowing seasonal workers to earn up to $1,300 toward college expenses in addition to their hourly pay.


July hiring slows from June levels

U.S. employers advertised more jobs but hired fewer workers in July, sending mixed signals about the job market in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak.

The Labor Department said Wednesday that the number of U.S. job postings on the final day of July rose to 6.6 million from 6 million at the end of June. A year earlier, employers posted 7.2 million job openings.

Hiring dropped to 5.8 million from 7 million in June. The number of Americans laid off or discharged fell to 1.7 million from nearly 2 million in June.

"Overall, this report confirmed a continued but decelerating recovery for the labor market," Contingent Macro Advisors said in a research note.

The government reported last Friday that the U.S. economy generated 1.4 million new jobs in August, down from 1.7 million in July and 4.8 million in June. The U.S. has recovered just under half the 22 million jobs lost when the pandemic hit the country hard in March and April, forcing businesses to close at least temporarily.

More than 2.9 million quit their jobs in July, up from 2.6 million in June. The uptick was unusual because people are usually reluctant to leave jobs when the job market is weak. But some people appear to be staying home to avoid infections and others are taking care of children who can't go back to school because of the pandemic.


Microsoft to launch new $500 Xbox console Nov. 10

The holiday video game console battle is heating up. Microsoft says its Xbox Series X will cost $500 and debut Nov. 10, just ahead of the holidays.

There haven't been new generations of video game consoles for several years. The most recent Xbox, Xbox One, was released in 2013, as was Sony's PlayStation 4.

A stripped down version, Xbox Series S, will cost $300 and be available at the same time. Pre-orders begin Sept. 22.