New jobs are coming into Albuquerque | News
Good news this week for Albuquerque's unemployed.
The Tempur-Pedic Mattress plant on Albuquerque's Westside will hold a job fair Saturday morning from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
The company said it will hire about 100 new employees by February, paying them as much as $14 per hour.
Lowes announced Thursday, it's opening a call center here that will employ about 850 people.
The city said these are signs indicating a turnaround in the economy.
KOB Eyewitness News 4 spoke to a former CEO who said a $14 an hour job sounds like a dream come true.
“I've been unemployed for over 15 months at this point,” Dennis Newton said.
Over the years, 60-year-old Newton has been a CEO, President, Vice President and engineer at various companies in different states.
Now his job includes searching for a job everyday - instead of making over a hundred thousand dollars, he's now just making hundreds in unemployment.
"Part of the difficulties in the job market also are for some of us with slightly grey hair," said Newton.
Like thousands of unemployed New Mexicans, Newton is elated Tempur-Pedic and Lowes will soon be hiring for hundreds of positions.
He has already sent in his resume.
"I heard about that and I came home immediately and did some research and went to the Tempur-Pedic website," said Newton.
Albuquerque Economic Chief, John Garcia admitted it's been tough economically, but these new jobs are very good sign.
"Things are turning around, we're excited about it there's an energy and enthusiasm just like the good old days when things were growing," said Garcia.
The "good old days" for Newton involved engineering-innovation and invention; the makings of a spectacular resume.
"Those are things I'm proud of but right now I'd be proud to get any job. Any job," said Newton.
The Tempur-Pedic job fair Saturday morning will be held from 8 a.m. until noon.
It's located at the Tempur-Pedic facility at 12907 Tempur-Pedic Parkway NW.