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Holiday hiring projected to be up in Washington
- Business & Labor
OLYMPIA – Washington retailers will hire more than 12,700 seasonal workers throughout the holiday season, according to economists with the state’s Employment Security Department.

Last year, employers hired 10,542 additional workers during the 4th quarter of 2015.

“Seasonal retail hiring across the state is expected to rebound this year after declining the past two years,” said Paul Turek, an economist with the department. “Healthier wage growth amidst an improving employment situation should help raise holiday sales to a level that boosts hiring.”

The department’s labor economists say the bulk of the seasonal hiring will be in general merchandise stores, adding 7,480 jobs, up 1,062 positions from the same period last year. Clothing and clothing accessory stores expect to hire 3,329 holiday workers, also up 804 workers from 2015.

Nationally, workplace consultant firm Challenger, Gray, and Christmas, Inc. expects seasonal gains in the retail sector to be about the same as a year ago, with some 738,800 temporary hires projected from October through December.

Holiday hiring forecast for October through December 2016 Statewide and by region

Area/County2015 actual2016 forecast
Washington state10,54212,726
King-Snohomish6,1675,321
Pierce9941,637
Spokane-Stevens-Pend Oreille671845
Benton-Franklin420467
Yakima354457
Whatcom292393
Kitsap333375
Thurston149302
Skagit82142
Chelan-Douglas28103
Cowlitz2373
Comments
rees - Oct 03, 2016 at 12:45 PM wrote: Cannot help noticing growth everywhere but King & Snohomish. A charitable assumption would be that growth in smaller areas is faster, but some assessment of the reasons for the sole discrepancy would help citizens understand the possible changes.

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