One popular automaker is planning to create hundreds of San Antonio jobs (Click here
recently announced its plan to recreate a second production shift at the company's Tundra pick-up truck assembly plant in San Antonio
. The plan, expected to be in place by February 2010, could create up to 850 jobs.
While the majority of those jobs will be filled by new hires, about 75 people who previously worked at the plant will be offered a chance to reclaim their jobs. So far, the company has received more than 14,000 job applications for the open positions.
In August, Toyota announced it would shift production of its smaller Tacoma truck from California to San Antonio. The company plans to run its first online production trial during the spring of 2010. According to an article by the San Antonio Business Journal
, the company has not clarified if it will be seeking additional employees after that time.
"We want to be good corporate citizens," Craig Mullenbach, spokesman for Toyota Motor Manufacturing Texas Inc.
, said. "We want to continue to provide good, stable employment and to be flexible enough to take on new production."
San Antonio's overall economy could benefit from the additional jobs. The Texas Workforce Commission
recently reported that even though the city managed to add some jobs last month, its unemployment rate continued to climb.
During September, San Antonio saw its unemployment rate increase
from 7 percent to 7.1 percent, which is lower than the national unemployment rate of 9.8 percent. However, its a step backward from August, when the unemployment rate decreased from 7.1 percent to 7 percent.
The city had a total non-farm employment of 845,800 workers during September, according to the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics
. This is up from 844,500 workers during August, but a 1.1 percent decrease from last year.