Cinco de Mayo was first celebrated in the United States in Southern California in 1863. In the 1950’s Mexican-American youths hijacked the holiday as a way to build Mexican-American pride. In the 1980’s commercialization of the holiday started and continued to grow into the current celebration of Mexican food, culture, traditions, and of course cerveza that we experience today.
The big cities who partake in this guacamole good time are places like Houston, Los Angeles, New York, Chicago and Denver. Even our former president, George W. Bush was the first to celebrate Cinco de Mayo at the Casa Blanca.
Tremendous effort goes into making Cinco de Mayo a great success. Big cities like Houston, Los Angeles, New York, Chicago and Denver all join in the festivities. And since the term of former President Gorge W. Bush it has even been celebrated at the White House.
According to ABC News, Cinco de Mayo is responsible for the sale of more than 30.6 million cases of beer, $658 million in alcohol sales, and 87.3 million pounds of avocados. This equates to about 349 million servings of guacamole; of which I may or may not have been responsible for eating a large portion.
Now you may be asking yourself what all of this has to do with Workforce Solutions. Being a former Employment Counselor, I know there are many jobs that people looking for employment never consider.
No matter what your favorite ingredients are to celebrate Cinco de Mayo, these products have to get processed, shipped, and stocked on supermarket shelves around the United States. This can translate into seasonal or fulltime employment. As demand grows we need skilled workers to handle jobs such as warehouse associates, pickers and packer, quality control, freight agents, shipping and receiving personnel, forklift operators, truck drivers, and office clerks.
When you go into Workforce Solutions, staff will help make sure you are registered in Work in Texas. Then you can meet with an employment counselor who can provide you with job leads specific to your skills and needs.
Feliz Cinco de Mayo!
Richard Prather is a bi-lingual Regional Facilitator for Workforce Solutions. Richard combines 3 years of experience at Workforce Solutions with his Master’s degree, diverse experiences traveling abroad, and commitment to excellence in customer service to provide training to both customers and staff throughout the 13 counties of the Gulf Coast Region.