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[IWS] Challenger: RECORD BREAKING HIRING IN OCTOBER FOR HOLIDAY SEASON [10 November 2014]
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Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc
Press Release 10 November 2014
October Sees Record Breaking Hiring
RETAILERS ADD MORE THAN 180,000; MOST OCTOBER JOB GAINS EVER RECORDED
CHICAGO, November 10, 2014 – In preparation for what is hoped to be the
strongest holiday shopping season since the recession ended, retailers went on a hiring
spree last month, adding more workers than they ever have in October.
Last week’s employment report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics revealed that retail
employment grew by non-seasonally adjusted 180,600 in October. That is the largest
net increase on record for the month since the agency began tracking industry
employment in 1939, according to an analysis of the data by global outplacement firm
Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc.
Last month’s record-breaking employment gains were up 13 percent over the 160,000
workers added to retail payrolls in October 2013.
The strong start bodes well for a holiday hiring season that stretches from October
through December, with the heaviest retail workforce additions typically occurring in
November. Last year, a total of 786,200 new jobs were added to retail payrolls during
the final three months of the year. That was the most since 2000, when 788,200
workers were hired during the final three months of the year.
“Strong October hiring does not guarantee that holiday hiring will surpass last year’s
level, but it is certainly a good sign. We have seen steady increases in the number of
seasonal workers hired since 2008, when recession-ravaged retailers added a paltry
324,900 seasonal workers in the final quarter of the year. Holiday hiring returned to
pre-recession levels in 2012 and, in 2013, saw the strongest job gains since 2000,” said
John A. Challenger, chief executive officer of Challenger, Gray & Christmas.
“This year, several major retailers, including Macy’s, Kohl’s, Walmart and Gamestop,
announced they were hiring more holiday workers than a year ago. Non-retailers, such
as UPS and FedEx, also plan to increase holiday hiring levels, with UPS adding 40,000
more seasonal workers than a year ago and FedEx bettering last year’s count by
30,000,” noted Challenger.
“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,” he advised.
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