Holiday rush good for the unemployed

November 26, 2010 4:51:15 PM PST
The holiday shopping rush is bringing some good news for the nearly 427,000 unemployed workers in North Carolina. Retailers are taking their holiday hiring up a notch this year. Lush Cosmetics in Crabtree Valley Mall has already ramped up its seasonal staff.

"We hired eight this year, which is about double our core staff year round," Lush Assistant Manger Kendall Loeber said.

"I've done a lot of retail jobs and it's just kind of something to fall back on if times are a little tough or you can't find what your ideally looking for," said seasonal worker Jennifer Carpenter, who just finished getting her master's degree.

With the unemployment rate at nearly 10 percent, employers have a lot of choices. The labor poll is full of job seekers like Carpenter who are highly skilled and highly educated.

"Were getting a lot of overly qualified resume especially people who are currently in grad school or just graduated who are kind of looking for a in-between," Loeber said.

Even though more jobs are out there, competition is stiff with college kids competing with out-of-work adults.

"I've gotten tons of resumes, in fact I just got one today that I had to file away," Loeber said.

The good news for people like Carpenter is that 40 percent of employers hope many of their seasonal workers stick around long after the holidays, which is up from just over 30 percent last year.

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