More seasonal jobs will be available this year compared to last year, according to a survey by the job site Snagajob, which found that 69 percent of hiring managers responsible for year-end seasonal workers planned on hiring, up from 63 percent in 2012.

The seasonal work will mostly be in retail, hospitality and other customer-service industries, according to the survey. That's just as true in the North Bay, where both hospitality and winery and manufacturing jobs have seen significant actively of late, employment experts said.

"We are seeing a higher than usual demand in the hospitality sector and wineries," said Courtney Dickson of Sonoma-based Nelson, the North Bay's largest staffing firm. "We are also seeing seasonal ramps with the agricultural businesses."

At Petaluma-based Star Staffing, co-owner Nicole Smartt said winery placements are up 63 percent from last year, while clerical was up 49 percent. Company-wide, she said, Star was up 33 percent in temporary placements.

"Winery and manufacturing industries have had the biggest uptick in seasonal hiring. As we approach holiday season, food manufacturing and wine distribution companies will increase their needs, "she said, adding that marketing, administrative assistants and accounting personnel are seeing high demand.

"Creating several part time positions as opposed to full-time positions has increased, as have seasonal positions," Ms. Smartt added.  ***

Immediately upon opening in just under three weeks, Graton Resort and Casino in Rohnert Park will be the North Bay's third largest employer, having completed the process of hiring 2,000 full-and-part-time employees.

The $820 million, 320,000 square-foot casino, operated by Las Vegas-based Station Casinos, will open its doors to the public on Nov. 5.  Only Kaiser Permanente, with some 4,600 employees across Marin and Sonoma counties, and St. Joseph Health, with about 3,700 across Sonoma and Napa counties, will top the casino in terms of number of employees. 

The casino, owned by the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria, will easily be the North Bay's largest hospitality employer.  The hospitality and tourism sector has approximately 53,220 workers in Sonoma, Napa, Solano, Lake and Mendocino counties, an increase of 2,000 employees, or 3.9 percent, from a year before, according to the state figures.

Industry employment figures for Marin in 2012–2013 aren’t yet available, but sector employment in Marin was around 13,000 workers in 2011 and the previous few years.

Total hiring for Graton Casino, which was completed last week, according to Lori Nelson, vice president of corporate communications for Station Casinos, will account for about 3 percent of North Bay hospitality and tourism jobs, nearly matching all sector job growth in the region over 12 months....

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