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A Challenging Holiday Season for Retailers Looking to Hire

The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates the national unemployment rate for the last couple of months of the year at 5.5%, a drop of nearly 50% from its post-recession peak in late 2009. In some parts of the country it’s even lower. This is great news for the economy and the labor force, but retailers may have a tough time finding qualified help for the holidays. Stakes are high when it comes to holiday hiring. Not only do better-staffed stores perform...

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Great Expectations for Holiday Hiring 2014

Retailers are apparently expecting a boom year this Christmas as stores are expected to be hiring in record numbers for the last three months of the year. Seasonal hires could top 800,000. Not since 1999 have the number of holiday jobs been so hopeful. Outplacement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas CEO John Challenger said, “This year, we could see hiring return to levels not seen since the height of the dot.com boom." Challenger attributed the anticipated jump to the fact...

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