RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - If you're hoping to make a few extra bucks this holiday season -- you're in luck, stores are already hiring for the holidays and more jobs are available than they were last year.
Labor economist, Tim Kestner, with the Virginia Employment Commission says the shopping season has started and big stores are looking to hire already.
"We're talking retail jobs the large big bucks retailers hiring sales people, cash register people, stocking people, service people those sort of positions," said Kestner.
Kohl's anticipates hiring more than 40,000, holiday workers this season, nationwide. That's about 35 workers per store - more than last year.
Kestner says he sees people loosening their money belts this year.
"If they weren't spending a lot last year, there's some pent up demand to do a little bit more this year for the season and retailers realize that," he said.
Macy's expects sales will go up 3 to 3.5 percent this season -- a slight increase from previous years. They plan on hiring 65,000 holiday workers this season..
"It's a spark of optimism it's something positive for us to say to the people who are looking for work or just part time work," said Kestner.
Holiday work can be anywhere from a few hours to more than 20 hours a week. It's mostly part time, but it's a good way to get your foot in the door for a full time position after the holidays.
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