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Unemployed? This week's offbeat openings.

By / June 18, 2009



The number of Americans on unemployment rolls has dropped for the first time in three months, the Labor Department reported Thursday. But that may simply mean that people's benefits are running out – not that they're finding jobs.

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In our attempt to help, Monitor staffers every week comb the job listings in search of interesting places to work. The most intriguing openings we found this week are in Jeffersonville, Ind; Las Vegas; Boise, Idaho; Louisville, Ky.; Atlanta; Nampa, Idaho; Belle Chasse, La.; Fargo, N.D.; Key Biscayne, Fla.; and Coventry, R.I.

You could make a career in cheese. Read on:

1. Scissor-lift driver/cherry picker
Employer: Manpower
Wages/salary: $10 an hour
Details: Work in a warehouse environment, driving a scissor lift, forklift, or cherry picker as needed. (For more information click here.)
Location: Jeffersonville, Ind. (pop. 26,328; median family income $53,531) is named for President Thomas Jefferson, who suggested a checkerboard development pattern for the city that hugs the Ohio river across from Louisville.

2. Urban sustainabililty librarian
Employer: University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Wages/salary: Not listed
Details: Tenure-track faculty position will serve as library liaison to the campus-wide urban sustainability research initiative. Job holder addresses the information needs of the project to integrate sustainability into the values, policies, and practices of both the university and the community. (For more information click here.)
Location: Las Vegas (pop. 558,892; median family income $61,942) is home to 17 of the 20 largest US hotels.

3. Brand protection analyst
Employer: MarkMonitor
Wages/salary: Not listed
Details: Offer comprehensive solutions and services that safeguard brands, reputation, and revenue from online risks. (For more information click here.)
Location: Boise, Idaho (pop. 204,777; median family income $63,209) is located on a high desert plain against the foothills of the Rocky Mountains.

4. KFC instructional designer
Employer: KFC
Wages/salary: Not listed
Details: Lead the development of training programs and curriculum to provide functional proficiency for KFC restaurant teams. (For more information click here.)
Location: Louisville, Ky. (pop. 256,231; median family income $36,696) is famous as the home of Muhammad Ali and Churchill Downs, where the Kentucky Derby is held each spring.

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