Retail stores to hire thousands for holiday season

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Good news if you're looking for a job. Retail stores are now hiring for the holiday season.

Retail experts say, October typically marks the start of the holiday hiring season.

Ann Lang with the Virginia Employment Commission says this is a good time of year for those looking for work.

"People are interested in working so if they can get something that's seasonal to help -- absolutely," said Lang.

On Tuesday,  retail giant Kohl's announced it's looking to hire 40,000 part-time holiday employees -- hundreds in the Richmond metro area.  Positions include, unloading trucks, freight processing, stocking and cash register duties.

Seasonal hires will work anywhere from a few to 20 hours a week.

This week, Macy's said it will hire even more people -- 78,000 holiday workers nationwide.  The store needs sales associates and to fill slots in call centers.

Right now,  the unemployment rate in Virginia is 6.3 percent. It's unclear exactly how seasonal hires will impact that number.

"That will show as an increase in retail employment as workers are hired for the season  but typically there's little change sometimes it's up sometimes it's down," said Lang.

Many of the retail stores looking to hire help for the holiday season are encouraging potential employees to go to the store's web site and fill out an application.

A representative with Kohl's says they'd like to have most of their seasonal jobs filled by mid-November.

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