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MTS Offering $5,000 Hiring Bonus for Bus Drivers Amid Tight San Diego Job Market

BusinessMTS Offering $5,000 Hiring Bonus for Bus Drivers Amid Tight San Diego Job Market

Rapid busA Rapid bus in downtown San Diego. Courtesy MTS

In another sign of San Diego’s tight job market, the Metropolitan Transit System is offering a $5,000 hiring bonus for new bus operators.

The transit agency said Tuesday it is actively recruiting for a wide range of jobs, including trolley operators, mechanics and administrative positions. Smaller hiring bonuses are available for some of these positions.

“Like many businesses, MTS is currently experiencing a workforce shortage,” said Sharon Cooney, the agency’s chief executive officer. “We hope these sign-on bonuses can serve as an incentive for those seeking a fulfilling career path in transportation, and help MTS continue operating a great system for our region.”

The unemployment rate in San Diego County dropped to 2.7% in May from from 3% in April, reaching the lowest level this century.

MTS said it offers paid training for some jobs, including bus, trolley and maintenance positions.

Last month the San Diego Unified School District announced $10,000 hiring bonuses for special education teachers and school nurses.

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