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Retailers Are Hiring Less Holiday Help

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GREENSBORO - Between students home from college, and seniors who are working after retirement a lot of people are counting on extra work during the holidays.  But the seasonal jobs we've come to expect might not be there this year.

WFMY News 2's Tracey McCain broke down the numbers Wednesday on the Good Morning Show based on an article you can find in the Money Section of USA Today.

The big box stores like Walmart, Target and Toys "R" Us are hiring, but some of them aren't hiring as many workers.  While Walmart announced it will hire 5,000 more seasonal workers than the year before, seasonal hiring at Toys "R" Us will remain flat.  The company announced Tuesday, they'll hire the same number of 45,000 workers as it did in 2012.  Meanwhile, Target is hiring 18,000 fewer workers.  

The overall prediction is that the available seasonal jobs will fall below the 2012 holiday hiring mark, which was up 14 percent from the prior year.  This year retailers are expected to hire roughly 700,000 temporary employees for the Oct. 1 through Dec. 31st holiday season.  That's more than 50,000 fewer than last year's number of 751,800.

And this doesn't help either.  The holiday shopping season is shorter.  Retailers typically start year-end holiday hiring in October.  The shopping season traditionally starts on Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving and ends with Christmas.  But the way the calendar falls this year, stores have just 25 days to capture holiday sales, down from 31 last year. 

So the point to all of this is to start looking for seasonal work now and apply to more than one place.  Make sure you tell them you're flexible and can work long days, late nights and early mornings.

There is some good news with this report.  Experts predict a 4 to 4.5 percent increase in holiday sales which is on par with last year's gains.