Status Update: Need a job? Postal service hiring a variety of roles from carrier to mechanic - OCRegister

Status Update: Need a job? Postal service hiring a variety of roles from carrier to mechanic - OCRegister


Status Update: Need a job? Postal service hiring a variety of roles from carrier to mechanic - OCRegister

Posted: 11 Jan 2021 08:30 AM PST

If you need a job, the U.S. Postal Service is hiring across Southern California.

Available jobs last week included mail handlers, automotive technicians, maintenance mechanic, city carrier assistant, rural carrier, tractor-trailer operator, custodians and occupational nurses.

The USPS recommended interested applicants start online at usps.com/careers. Select California and hit "start" to begin the search for listings.

A search on Friday showed a listing for an automotive technician in Huntington Beach with a salary range of $46,394 to $63,674. Another job for a custodial laborer in Irvine pays $16.42 – $26.02 per hour. (That job requires a written exam although USPS said the exam window had closed.) A number of carrier positions are available in the Inland Empire including Chino, Chino Hills, Corona, Norco and Ontario. The pay starts at $19 hourly and a personal car might be needed to fulfill the route.

Applicants must be at least 18 years of age and able to pass a drug screening and criminal background check.

USPS said some jobs will require a written exam. Any job that involves driving will also require a valid driver's license and clean DMV driving history for at least two years. Citizenship or permanent resident status also is required.

  • IRS Commissioner Chuck Rettig said people who have yet to receive an Economic Impact Payment should visit the "Get My Payment" portal again at IRS.gov for the newest information. (Photo by Getty Images/iStockphoto)

  • Orange County Soccer Club has added Dan Rutstein to its senior leadership team. He will serve as senior vice president of International Projects and will be responsible for developing the club’s international commercial partnerships strategy. (Courtesy of OCSC)

  • Claudia Keller, chief mission officer at Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County, and Harald Herrmann, the nonprofit's CEO, stand with a check from Bank of America. (Courtesy of Vincent Le, Second Harvest Food Bank)

  • The Women's Transitional Living Center's CEO Mark Lee said the nonprofit reported a 29% increase in calls to its helpline from March to October of 2020 "as people who are facing violence in their relationships at home may be experiencing increased isolation and danger caused by social distancing guidelines during the Coronavirus pandemic." (Courtesy of Bill Nichols and WTLC)

Check on those checks

If you are among those who have not received a federal stimulus check, there are ways to check its status.

To check the status of a payment, go to the IRS Get My Payment website at irs.gov. The payment tracker requires users to enter a Social Security number or tax identification number, a birthdate and a street address.

The first payments in this round went out by direct deposit Dec. 29 and mailed checks went out Dec. 30.

People who do not receive their stimulus payment by Jan. 15 are being told to claim it as the Recovery Rebate Credit on their federal tax return for 2020.

The maximum payment is $600 for singles and $1,200 for married couples plus $600 for each qualifying child. Payments will be reduced for individuals with adjusted gross income for 2019 above $75,000 and married couples above $150,000.

On the move

Orange County Soccer Club has added Dan Rutstein to its senior leadership team. He will serve as senior vice president of International Projects and will be responsible for developing the club's international commercial partnerships strategy. Rutstein worked as a sports journalist before serving with the British government in Germany and Los Angeles. He previously was president of immersive technology company Laduma and also hosts two podcasts – "United States of Dramerica" and "Screaming into the Hollywood Abyss."

On board

Kathy O'Brien is joining the board of directors at Irvine-based ZO Skin Health. The company sold a majority stake in the business last October to funds managed by Blackstone Tactical Opportunities. O'Brien served from 1984 to September 2018 in roles at Unilever PLC where she most recently served as vice president and general manager, Skin & Marketing Services.

BofA grants top $2M

Bank of America said it awarded $2,012,000 to 53 local nonprofits across Orange County in 2020, with a focus on "alleviating the unprecedented impacts to health, food insecurity, housing, education, jobs and the arts."

The bank said its philanthropic giving last year was nearly double that of 2019.

BofA also donated more than 324,000 face masks and 200 gallons of hand sanitizer to help the most vulnerable populations hardest hit by COVID-19.

Beyond grants and donations, branch employees also gave to the community through volunteerism, BofA said, dedicating nearly 11,000 hours to local causes and projects of their choice with the support of the company's longstanding policy to grant each employee two hours of paid time off per week. A few examples:

  • The bank's "Crochet Club," donated 45 handmade lap blankets, 7 scarves and one beanie for residents at the Orange County Rescue Mission.
  • Employees wrote more 1,000 well-wishing cards to seniors who were home-bound during the pandemic.
  • Employees delivered 36 free Better Money Habits financial literacy sessions, shifting to a virtual delivery format.

Grant for WTLC

The Women's Transitional Living Center in Fullerton has received a $15,000 grant from When Georgia Smiled: The Robin McGraw and Dr. Phil Foundation.

The foundation helps organizations and programs that serve survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, child abuse and individuals in crisis.

WTLC's Chief Executive Officer Mark Lee said WTLC reported a 29% increase in calls to its helpline from March to October of 2020 "as people who are facing violence in their relationships at home may be experiencing increased isolation and danger caused by social distancing guidelines during the Coronavirus pandemic."

WTLC says it is the oldest domestic violence program in Orange County and the third oldest in the nation. Its mission is to help individuals and families escape the depths of domestic violence and exploitation. To do so, the nonprofit provides the tools and resources to build self-esteem and empower people for independent living.

Status Update is compiled from press releases by contributing writer Karen Levin and edited by Business Editor Samantha Gowen. Submit items and high-resolution photos to sgowen@scng.com. Allow at least one week for publication. Items are edited for length and clarity.

Black and Hispanic women continued to lose jobs in December - Quartz

Posted: 11 Jan 2021 02:46 PM PST

The American economy is slowly recovering, but Black and Hispanic women are being left behind.

The latest data show the US unemployment rate stayed steady at 6.7% for the month of December. The number of unemployed persons, at 10.7 million was also unchanged, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). White men, white women, and Black men all registered job gains for the month in the household pulse survey, which provides demographic information. But 82,000 Black women and 31,000 Hispanic women lost their jobs.

Disproportionate losses

One reason for the slower recovery for these two groups is the higher percentage of Black and Hispanic Americans who work in the leisure and hospitality industries. These have been hit hard by the pandemic and much of the work can't be done remotely. These positions also often lack paid sick leave. Employment in leisure and hospitality fell by 498,000, with three-quarters of the decrease in bars and restaurants, according to the BLS.

Before the pandemic, the employment rate for American women age 25 to 54 was nearly at 20-year highs, at 74.6%. Due to December's job losses, Black and Hispanic women ended the year with much higher unemployment rates, of 8.4% and 9.1%, respectively, compared to white women, at 5.7%.

The burden of care

Men have also lost jobs during the pandemic, including 238,000 Hispanic men just in the month of December.

But when schools and day cares closed, many women were forced to make hard trade-offs between work and parenting. In September, 837,000 Hispanic women left the civilian labor force population—which includes employed workers and people looking for a job—a one-month drop of nearly 5.5%.

After months of remote learning, the number of white women in the labor force grew by 263,000 in December, but the number of Black women fell by 153,000, or 1.5%, bringing the latter to an eight-month low.

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