Holiday Job Shortage

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Holiday Job Shortage

Jadon Khor, News Reporter

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It’s less than three months before school closes and shopping deals open for the holiday season. Thanks to the expected rise of customers and sales, supermarkets and department stores are gearing up with more employee positions to steady the storm, but many are finding it hard to fill them.

  Stores such as Target and Kohl’s are finding themselves empty handed when it comes to numbers. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics there were about 842,000 job openings in retail trade of June this year with only 755,000 hires. That amounts to about 87,000 jobs unfilled and even then, 550,000 employees had quit during the month.

  With a personal perspective of the turnover rates, Andrew Smithens, a longtime employee at Kohl’s, said they were “extremely high” and he said he had not seen “a single person stay for longer than half a year” on the retail level.


The Bureau of Labor Statistics also reports that the rate of q

uitting in the retail market amounts to 3.5% per percent of total employment. This trend even goes outside of the retail world, with about 3.4 million people choosing to leave their jobs in April.

  To combat the quitting rates, companies like Target have been making the job seem much more desirable. The company said they will pay $12 an hour, which is a dollar more than offered last year, and are accepting a record 120,000 temporary jobs in the U.S.

  At the shipping company FedEx, they have said that plan to hire 55,000 temporary holiday employees for the Christmas season. They have also said they plan to increase delivery routes to whole week-round schedules for the entire year.

  Suzanne Hopp, a parent of Fishhawk, said that she was concerned her sons wouldn’t want to work in “baggy retail departments.” She said the jobs were simply too plain and “uninspiring” to be appealing to the average teenager.

  Another parent, Ryan Conen, said he was happy that department stores were increasing their wages. “I’ve worked in retail as a teen, and even though it wasn’t really cool, it was a good starting point for my job now.”

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