Businesses hiring the most seasonal workers for the holidays since the Great Recession

Posted at 8:13 PM, Oct 16, 2012
and last updated 2012-10-16 20:39:02-04

For unemployed workers like Xavier Eddings, ‘tis the season to hopefully land a job, as big-box retailers look to hire new employees for the holidays.

“You start off in a seasonal position, and the possibilities are endless,” said Eddings. “You can start stocking shelves, and overnight become a manager, if they bring you on permanently.”

This year, seasonal job seekers have the best chance of finding a position than at any time since the 2007 recession.

According to the annual holiday hiring survey by Snag a Job, the number of businesses hiring seasonal workers jumped by 12% from last year.

Amazon is hiring 50,000 seasonal employees for their national distribution centers…which is more than double their normal workforce.

Kohl's is bumping their seasonal hiring by 10 percent, to over 53,000 employees.

Macy's is hiring 80,000 people at stores all over the country.

So what's the reason?

It all has to do with the internet--more people are going online to purchase their holiday gifts.

Toys-R-US tells NewsChannel 3 that still creates jobs, in stores.

They need workers to pull items off shelves for shipment, and help customers who order online and pick up in store.

That’s why Toys-R-US will be hiring 45,000 seasonal workers this year, compared to 40,000 last year.

Here in Hampton Roads, that translates to 300 local workers hired to staff area stores.

For Xavier, it’s welcome news to hear so many places are hiring.

“It gives me hope to get a better job or get a job in general.”

If you want one of these seasonal positions, you have to act fast--most of these jobs will be filled before the end of October.