Looking for work this summer? The major national parks might be a good place to start.
Xanterra, a Colorado-based contractor that provides lodging and retail services within Yellowstone, Glacier, and Zion (among others) announced this week that applications for its seasonal jobs are well below expected levels. The Missoulianreports that the company is still seeking to fill nearly 4,000 part-time positions for the May-September high season, 600-700 of which are in Yellowstone alone.
A spokesman for Xanterra attributed the labor shortage to an improving economic climate that is encouraging applicants to seek out full-time positions elsewhere rather than settle for temporary employment. In January, the U.S. unemployment rate ticked downward to 6.6%, more than a full percentage point lower than the same time last year.