The holiday season is just beginning and the Employment Security Department estimates today that our state will add approximately 13,500 seasonal workers starting this month through December. This number is about the same as what was predicted in 2012. Last year, the state hired about 3% more than what was predicted, with the addition of 13,700 workers.
Labor economists are expecting the majority of hiring to come from clothing-type and general merchandise stores. It’s estimated that clothing-type stores will add a few more positions than they did in 2012 with the predicted number at an additional 3,700 new workers while general merchandise stores will add almost 7,500 jobs, which is about a thousand positions less than what was added the same time last year.
While our state is staying on the same level with 2012 numbers, national retailers will likely hire less help this year with the projected number at 700,000. Last year, the number of people hired during October to December for seasonal positions was 751,800.
Specifically in Tacoma, the predicted number of new hires during this holiday season is about 1,100 people. To view the predicted numbers for other cities within the state, please visit the Employment Security Department website.
With holiday hiring starting to ramp up, now is a good time for people to polish up their resumes and interviewing skills. Those that live in Tacoma can search for jobs and receive resume and interviewing assistance from the Tacoma Public Library system. The WorkSource site is another good resource to search for jobs, including these new seasonal listings.