SIKESTON -- Those shopping for a seasonal job need to act now as any available positions are filling quickly.
"We've had a few people come in today looking for seasonal jobs," said Eugene Myracle, functional leader for Missouri Career Center in Sikeston. "But to tell you the truth, it (the seasonal job market) seems like it's the same as last year."
Although October might be the ideal time to search for a seasonal job, many are just now looking, Myracle said.
"There is a tremendous amount of people out of work," Myracle said.
The National Retail Federation forecast retailers will hire about 490,000 mostly part-time seasonal workers this year, about the same as last year. It expects holiday sales to increase by 2.8 percent, less than last year's 5.2 percent jump.
Goody's in Sikeston has hired its seasonal help for the season and could possible hire a couple more employees for the holiday, the store's assistant manager Connie Deen said.
"Having the extra help is huge," Deen said. "There's a lot of extra merchandise in here now, and they're helping get it set up. It puts more help on the floor to help the customers find what they're looking for or a replacement."
The extra holiday help is a plus for both the employer and employee, Deen said.
"It really benefits the employee to have a part-time job and gives them good experience working with the public, and they're a big asset to us to have people available to come in as we start working different hours," Deen said.
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