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Increased Retail Sales Encourage Job Growth

Retailers might hire more than 25,000 employees than last year and some could expect to keep their jobs after the holiday season.

With an estimated 247 million people already out shopping last week, many businesses have hired part time workers to keep up with demand.  Because of increased sales this year some employers are choosing to keep those seasonal employees on their payrolls.

National numbers suggest there’s already been an uptick in retail sales for the fourth quarter of this year. Holiday sales have gone up 3.5 percent this season.

That’s according to IU Kelley School of Business retail expert Theresa Williams who says that increase could keep more Hoosiers working after the holidays.

“Retailers want to be prepared. Last year they hired 602,000 overall for the holiday season so this year they’re looking at a little bit of an increase around 625,000 and so the opportunity for employment is there,” Williams says.

That’s been true at KMART where Store Manager Jane Locke says she’s hired 20 to 30 more associates this year compared to last year.

“In fact we’ve still been interviewing and hiring right up to the end to last week,” Locke says.  There’s just so many different jobs: stocking, carry outs for customers, taking the carts off of the parking lot.”

Locke says employees can reapply if they’re still interested in the working after the holidays.

 

Shameka Neely

Shameka Neely, a native of Nashville, Tennessee enthusiastically joined WTIU as Senior Reporter/ InFocus Producer in the news department. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Organizational and Corporate Communication, with a minor in Marketing and Masters of Arts Degrees' in Administrative Dynamics and Communication all from Western Kentucky University. Shameka also holds a Master of Arts degree in Journalism from Indiana University.

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