EMPLOYMENT

Akron Zoo hosts hiring event

The Akron Zoo is hosting a seasonal job fair from 8:30 a.m. to noon Saturday and Sunday.

Positions are available in admissions, food service, rides, gift shop, grounds keeping, custodial and birthday parties. The zoo’s seasonal employment runs April 1 through Dec. 31. Those who wish to be considered must bring a completed application and resume to the event. Candidates must be 18 or older and be available to work at least one weekend day and some evenings and holidays.

Applications and more details about open positions are available at http://www.akronzoo.org/employment.

Job fair at Medina office

Spray Products Corp. is hiring for numerous positions and will host a job fair from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday at the OhioMeansJobs office, 60 Public Square, Medina.

The company is looking to fill positions at a new 270,000-square-foot facility that opens this spring in Medina.

Spray Products specializes in private label and custom contract aerosol packaging for large and small companies. It provides research/development and formulation, manufacturing, packaging, and distribution. The company said it has openings for management and supervision, maintenance, warehousing, production, quality, chemical batching and safety/environmental roles.

For more information, call OhioMeansJobs Medina County at 330-723-9675.

HEALTH CARE

Three giants form company

Amazon, Warren Buffett and JPMorgan are forming a new company to address the health care costs of their employees, sending shares of health care companies down sharply across the entire sector despite the vague nature of the announcement.

On Tuesday, Amazon’s Jeff Bezos said that he, along with Buffet and JPMorgan, would attempt to make health care better for hundreds of thousands of their employees, and perhaps, eventually, the country.

There were few details and those involved said the project is in the early planning stage.

The new company will be independent and “free from profit-making incentives and constraints,” the companies said in a news release. The businesses said the new venture’s initial focus would be on technology that provides “simplified, high-quality and transparent” care.

REAL ESTATE

Home prices climb sharply

U.S. home prices rose a sharply in November, lifted by a shortage of homes on the market.

Standard & Poor’s says its S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller national home price index increased 6.2 percent in November from a year earlier after climbing 6.1 percent in October.

Seattle saw a 12.7 percent price increase, Las Vegas 10.6 percent and San Francisco 9.1 percent. Washington, D.C., prices rose just 3.3 percent, lowest among the 20 metropolitan areas measured.

The national housing index has registered annual gains of 5 percent or more for 16 months. David Blitzer, chairman of the index committee at S&P Dow Jones Indices, noted that housing construction is running well below historical levels. “Without more supply, home prices may continue to substantially outpace inflation,” he said.

TRAVEL

Airbnb disputes critics’ report

A report from critics of Airbnb says the vacation rental website is driving up home rental prices and reducing housing availability in New York City.

The analysis published Monday comes from a researcher at McGill University in Montreal and was commissioned by the Hotel Trades Council, a hotel worker union. Several local neighborhood organizations were co-sponsors.

Airbnb disputes the findings of the report and says it’s based on flawed methodology that exaggerates the number of nights many units were rented to visitors. It says many everyday New Yorkers use its site to make extra money by temporarily renting their space when they’re out of town.

Compiled from staff and wire reports.