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Holiday hiring in Washington will be on par with 2012 - Oct. 2, 2013


OLYMPIA – Washington retailers will add nearly 13,500 seasonal workers from October through December, according to projections from the state’s Employment Security Department.

Last year, employers hired some 13,700 additional workers, which was about 3 percent higher than Employment Security’s prediction.

The department’s labor economists say the bulk of the seasonal hiring will be in general merchandise stores, adding nearly 7,500 jobs, but down about 1,100 positions from the same period last year. Clothing and clothing-accessory stores expect to hire about 3,700 holiday workers, slightly up from the 2012 holiday season.

Nationally, retailers are expected to hire less holiday help in 2013, with some 700,000 temporary hires projected from October through December. That would fall below the 751,800 hired last year.

“The holiday hiring season is just getting started and will be in full swing by the end of the month,” said Employment Security Commissioner Dale Peinecke. “This is a good time for job seekers to spruce up their applications and start watching for job notices.” 
In addition to checking employers’ websites, job seekers should check with WorkSource and for local job listings.

WorkSource  is a partnership of state, local and nonprofit agencies that delivers an array of employment and training services for job seekers and business. WorkSource also offers job-listing and recruitment services to businesses seeking seasonal workers.

Holiday hiring forecast for October through December 2013
Statewide and by region

Area 2012 actual 2013 forcast Percentage difference 


 13,461 -0.2%
Bellingham 557 414 -1.4%
Bremerton 231 463 2.2%
Kennewick 464 405 -0.6%
Longview 59 171 26.%
Mount Vernon 193 183 -0.1%
Olympia 356 462 1%
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett  8,771 9,841 0.4%
Spokane 1,033 1,273 0.9%
Tacoma  1,031 1,170 0.4%
Wenatchee 99 51 -0.8%
Yakima 279 213-0.6% 


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Washington retailers are starting to ramp up for the holiday season.

Economists with the state Employment Security Department expect for about thirteen-thousand, five-hundred additional retail hires from October through December.

The hiring projection is on par with last year's holiday season.

Job seekers who are interested in holiday-season jobs should contact their WorkSource center.  Add businesses that have holiday jobs to fill are invited to post their openings at WorkSource.



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