Royal Caribbean to hire 200 employees for entry level jobs

      SPRINGFIELD, Ore. -- The Royal Caribbean hub in Springfield is hiring a wave of new employees for their busiest time of year.

      Oregon's unemployment rate is one of the highest in the country, and the mass hire could alleviate some of the job hunting stress for Lane County residents.

      The cruise company looking to hire just over 200 employees for entry level jobs in their customer service and sales departments.

      Since the opening of the Springfield office eight years ago, trade support director Rita Stolze said they've gone from 100 employees to a staff of nearly 750.

      "Well it's great for our community, because we are a business that continues to grow and expand our employee base year after year. So it continues to show the community our commitment," said Stolze.

      Stolze said there's also a lot of room for internal growth and promotions. They are accepting applications on their website.