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Retail jobs in Pennsylvania grow

Posted on November 27, 2015

According to the latest report from outplacement agency Challenger, Gray, & Christmas, retail jobs in Pennsylvania may be growing.

Retailers added more than 200,000 new workers in October. However, the record pace is not expected to continue into November and December.

The October employment gains in retail were 16 percent higher than a year ago, when 185,700 workers were added to these payrolls.

Strong hiring in October does not necessarily signal an overall increase in holiday hiring. Last year’s 185,700 retail job gains in October represented a record high at the time, but employment gains over the entire the three-month holiday hiring period ended up lower than 2013 levels.

Last year, retail employment increased by 755,000 from October 1 through December 31. That was down 4.0 percent from the previous year, when the holiday period saw employment grow by 786,800.

“While the bulk of the seasonal hiring has already been completed, it is never too late to find openings. Many of the areas adding seasonal workers, including retail, food service and shipping companies, tend to have high turnover. Because these employers are adding so many workers so quickly, the odds of failed hires increases significantly. They just don’t have the time to make sure the applicant is the best fit for the job. As a result, job seekers may be able to continue to find opportunities well into the holiday season,” said Challenger.

“Job seekers should also look beyond the retail industry. The obvious candidates are shipping companies. UPS and FedEx plan to add about 150,000 seasonal employees between them.


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