If you remember, Spark Hire posted an entry last week discussing how predictions made by economists painted a grim picture for this year’s seasonal work. Although they did not see this year’s hiring rate for seasonal workers increasing from last year, Macy’s contradicts their predictions with its plan to hire 78,000 temporary workers for the holiday season. This is a 4 percent increase from last year where they hired only 75,000 seasonal jobs.
According to Macy’s Chief Executive Terry Lundgren, the continued sales growth in their business, both in-store and online, has caused them to hire more workers for the season. “The company said it needs to staff Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s stores, call centers, distribution centers and warehouses that store products for online shipping,” stated the article from CNN Money.
The increase in Macy’s hiring might boost the outlook for seasonal work by a small amount for some. At the same time, according to government statistics, about 14 million Americans still remain unemployed and 42.9% of them have been out of work for more than six months.
SOURCE: CNN Money