Jobless? Here are 10 zany opportunities.


US job losses are slowing. Initial claims for unemployment benefits dropped an unexpected 38,000, the Labor Department reported Thursday. That's further evidence that the economy is healing, although job losses may continue for some time.

We're doing our part to buck up employment. Each week Monitor staffers comb the job listings in search of interesting places to work. The most intriguing jobs we found this week are in Glen Rock, N.J.; Flint, Mich.; Davenport, Iowa; Austin, Texas; Hallandale, Fla.; Portland, Ore.; Ferndale, Mich.; Doral, Fla.; and Washington, D.C.

Like parties? You could celebrate a birthday every day.

1. Pet fashion blogger
Wages/salary: $13 a post
Details: Describe new products in sassy, fashion-savvy, pet-loving voice. (For more information click here.)
Location: N/A.

2. Eyebrow threader
Employer: The Threading Station
Wages/salary: Not listed
Details: Use South Asian hair removal technique to style eyebrows in artistic, colorful, and aesthetic designs. (For more information click here.)
Location: Glen Rock, N.J., (pop. 11,131; median family income $111,280) was the first home of Absolute Entertainment, which produced titles for Atari, Sega Genesis, Game Boy, and Nintendo before the company closed in 1995.

3. Denture technician
Employer: Not listed
Wages/salary: Not listed
Details: Utilize small utensils to build, repair, and realign dentures. (For more information click here.)
Location: Flint, Mich., (pop. 112,900; median family income $33,528) was the site of the 1937 United Auto Workers strike, which turned the union into a notable player in the industry.

4. Birthday party coach
Employer: Quad City Sports Center
Wages/salary: Not listed
Details: Assist partiers to make their experience more enjoyable; may be asked to go on ice with guests and must be able to use helium tank. (For more information click here.)
Location: Davenport, Iowa, (pop. 100,827; median family income $52,578) is the hometown of Jim Skinner, CEO of McDonald's.

5. Music and scent product manager
Employer: DMX, Inc.
Wages/salary: Not listed
Details: Work with Music Design and Scent teams to design business environments that create a specific mood, reflect a certain lifestyle, and define the image of the customer. (For more information click here.)
Location: Austin, Texas, (pop. 725,306; median family income $62,272) averages 300 days of sunshine a year.

6. Dating service sales representative
Employer: It’s Just Lunch: Dating for Busy Professionals
Wages/salary: $60,000 to $80,000
Details: Call warm leads from website and handle incoming calls to decide if potential customers are a fit for program. (For more information click here.)
Location: Hallandale, Fla., (pop. 34,282; median family income $37,171) had no settlers until the end of the 19th century and counted a dozen families in 1900 — seven Swedish, three English, and two black.

7. Senior yoga apparel designer
Employer: Lucy Activewear
Wages/salary: $60,000 to $80,000
Details: Design multiple styles per season; knowledge of various sports styles a plus. (For more information click here.)
Location: Portland, Ore., (pop. 529,121; median family income $50,271) became the first metro area in 2008 to receive the platinum designation from the League of American Bicyclists for its commitment to bike friendliness.

8. Chocolate fountain rental associate
Employer: Gourmet chocolate company
Wages/salary: $30 per rental
Details: Promote the rental of three-tier chocolate fountain. (For more information click here.)
Location: Ferndale, Mich., (pop. 22,105; median family income $51,687), despite its small size, has two Taco Bells, a pair of 7-Elevens, and a duo of Subways.

9. Mule truck driver
Employer: Aerotek Commercial Staffing
Wages/salary: $12 an hour
Details: Mover trailers and containers inside a yard; must have experience as a mule truck driver, yard dog driver, or yard jockey driver. (For more information click here.)
Location: Doral, Fla., (pop. 23,974; median family income 69,966) was named a "Tree City USA" by the Arbor Day Foundation in 2008 for its commitment to forestry.

10. Freelance comic strip/joke writer
Employer: Not listed
Wages/salary: $10 per joke
Details: Write jokes; preference for candidates who like Calvin and Hobbes, Bugs Bunny and Daffy, and The Far Side. (For more information click here.)
Location: Washington, D.C., (pop. 572,059; median family income $46,283) was formed by land donated from Virginia and Maryland; later, the Virginia portion was given back.

For last week’s offbeat listings click here.

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