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Warm Weather Brings Seasonal Jobs

CHAMPAIGN-- Darlene Kloeppel, Community Services Director for the Champaign County Regional Planning Commission, says, "There are certain industries that know that's the way they do business. Obviously the construction industry works more on roads and external housing, things like that, in the summer months when it's warmer."

Workers in the construction industry aren't the only ones who benefit from warmer temperatures. Experts say the Champaign-Urbana area will see several areas, including the retail industry, increase their business as the weather warms up. Though temporary, seasonal employment can be steady from year to year, and is an important contributor to the economy.
Eric Ferguson, Branch Manager for Manpower, says, "As far as seasonal work, the summer always brings construction jobs, anything that's going to be done outside."

While it may not be the easiest to plan for, workers can make a living in seasonal careers. Kloeppel says, "People learn, just like the school year for your children, you work around the breaks. People that are in those businesses get used to that cycle and that's when they're used to working."

But for many workers, there is often seasonal work no matter what time of the year it is. Says Ferguson, "Jeez, with the snow there's even some seasonal snow jobs. Snow plowers, people to shovel snow. But the snow's going to melt pretty soon and so you're going to have lawn care companies up and running, anyone that puts chemicals and treats lawns, they're looking for work."

Ferguson says that even though seasonal jobs may seem temporary, they are still vital to the economy. "It's very important to the economy, and a lot of companies are looking for flexible solutions. Someone might be offered a seasonal job and someone retires, and so they end up with a full-time position before the season's over."

Adam Rife reporting