Louisville, Ky. (WDRB News) -- Students are returning to college for the fall semester and that means job openings.
At the moment, one local pizza chain cannot find enough workers. It could be a sign of an improving jobs picture in Louisville as more companies appear to be hiring.
But many of the jobs are just part-time. "Our college kids are heading back to school, so we need to replace them," says Tom Reynolds, the owner of eight franchise Domino's Pizza stores in the Metro Louisville area.
Business is good so he says he needs about 70 drivers and another ten for management positions. He says last year at this time he had plenty of applicants and is not sure why this year it's been more difficult to find replacements.
Although the unemployment rate locally remains high at more than eight percent in the Metro area, 18,000 new jobs have been created during the past year.
With some signs of an improving economy people now may not be as willing to work for lower wages. Reynolds says his drivers can make between $12 and $16 an hour depending upon tips. And they have a chance to move into management.
"I drove for three years for Domino's," says Reynolds, "then I got into management and franchising; it is was a great part-time job for me; I paid my way through college."
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