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With Improving Economy, More Summer Jobs Available

Landing a summer job this year could be easier than it was last year with CNN Money reporting that 55 percent of hiring managers say that they plan to hire seasonal workers over the summer season. Ten percent of the hiring managers surveyed said that they would be hiring more seasonal staff than last summer.

The other good news is that Houston summer employees could also be better paid with the improving economy and trend of increasing wages, as there are a number of indicators that employers will be able to pay workers more money this year. This includes the fact that more hiring managers are saying that they plan to pay their employees higher wages over the summer.

The Houston metro area experienced one of the largest employment increases in 2010. reported that the region saw 56,600 new non-farm jobs added from January 2010 to January 2011. This was reportedly the second largest over-the-year employment increase among 372 metropolitan areas in the United States. The largest over-the-year employment increase occurred in the Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, Texas area.

In January 2011, Houston's unemployment rate was at 8.8 percent. This is below the national average unemployment rate of 9.5 percent, but many Houston residents are still coping with job loss.

Employees who have been put out of work through no fault of their own (lay off, wrongful discharge, etc.) are usually eligible to receive Unemployment Insurance. A full list of Unemployment Insurance eligibility requirements in Texas can be found through the Texas Workforce Commission's website.

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