Working 4 you: Holiday hiring has bright outlook

Working 4 you: Holiday hiring has bright outlook

October may seem too early to think about the holidays, but Americans hoping to bring in some extra cash this year may want to act quickly. Retailers plan on bringing a lot of Americans on board this year. 

Companies have already started the hiring process to help handle the holiday rush, and job seekers should act sooner, rather than later. 

The outlook for holiday hiring is relatively bright. 

An annual survey by Challenger, Gray and Christmas, an outplacement and career transitioning firm, find this year’s seasonal employment will top 2013 levels. They predict potentially 800,000 workers will be added to payrolls, which could be the highest in 15 years. 

Compare that to the worst holiday hiring year on record, the height of the recession in 2008, just under 325,000 jobs. 

Hiring plans announced by many of the nation’s major retailers back up the optimistic forecast. 

Walmart says it will add 60,000 workers for the holiday season. It’s an increase of nearly 10% over last year. 

Kohl’s says it will add 67,000 employees, about 50 associates per store. 

Macy’s said it plans to hire about 86,000 seasonal employees across Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s stores, call centers and facilities. 

And holiday jobs aren’t only in stores, especially with more consumers shopping online. 

UPS says it plans to nearly double its hiring for this year’s holiday delivery surge to 95,000 employees. 

FedEx will boost its holiday hiring by 10,000 positions to 50,000 this year.