AGAWAM, Mass. (WWLP) – Six Flags New England is gearing up for the 2014 season. That means thousands of job opportunities for western Massachusetts residents. 22News went to Agawam where the job interviews were going on.
Six Flags New England has plans to hire 3,000 seasonal employees. The first day of their annual job fair took place in Agawam on Friday, and 275 people interviewed for various positions.
Six Flags New England spokeswoman Jennifer McGrath told 22News their seasonal employees start training almost immediately. These are seasonal openings, but McGrath said many people work 40 hours a week during the summer months.
Here in western Massachusetts, the unemployment rate is just under 8%. That means about 26,000 people who want jobs do not have one right now.
Many job seekers told 22News an opportunity like this has been difficult to find this winter.
22News spoke with a high school junior from Springfield who’s here hopefully for his first job ever.
“Mostly a car and then college. Those are my first two big spending options. It gets a lot of people the opportunity to get a job and make some money, have a good time,” said Gio Cavalli.
The job fair ended around 7 o’clock, but resumes Saturday morning at 10.
Unemployment rate data from the state Labor and Workforce Development here.